2 Timothy 3:14-15
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, 15 and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. — 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Those Who Taught You the Scriptures for Salvation
by David Lee
The world we live in seems to be changing faster than ever before. I’ve recently read that teens spend more than six and a half hours on screens every day. By contrast, parents spend less than half of that time with their children.
As a parent with school-aged children, it’s a constant reminder to seize quality moments which provide opportunities to raise children of strong convictions based on a solid spiritual foundation. The hope is to prepare them to meet the dangers of the world and to develop a personal relationship with Christ.
In today’s verse, we learn that Timothy was taught the Scriptures from infancy from people he loved and trusted: his mother and grandmother. They had credibility with Timothy because they lived what they taught. Once credibility is established, it’s easy to tell our children that the Scriptures are the truth, that they describe what God wants, and that we should always obey without compromise.
Timothy’s grandmother and mother were not only living examples of the Scripture. We can assume, being of Jewish background, that they also followed Moses’ exhortation in Deuteronomy 6:7 to teach the Lord’s command to their children. Moses suggested that any time is appropriate for teaching children the ways of the Lord: when they get up in the morning, when they sit down at mealtime, or when they walk around. We too must look for teachable moments that allow us to use our children’s experiences to deepen the Scriptures within their hearts.
We can use Timothy’s example as a way to raise children with strong convictions for Christ. It’s not sufficient to tell them Bible stories and nice things about God. It’s more important to instruct the mind so they will take God’s instructions to heart and act on what He requires. To build a child with strong convictions, we need to teach them where we can compromise and where we must stand no matter what the opposition says.
- As we look to lead the next generation, we must always keep in mind that they are watching us. What examples are we setting in our everyday lives?
- What example of Jesus do we have in our homes? Can our children say that the examples at home allow them to learn about Jesus? What are they learning to do at home that they will one day take out into the world?
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