May 10, 2021
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
By now, most of us know the story of Microsoft. What started in a garage in New Mexico became one of the most well known companies in the world. Bill Gates regularly sits atop the list of the wealthiest people in the world. His face is what springs to mind when we talk about a self-made man, or someone going from rags to riches.
While this model might motivate us to be entrepreneurs, try new things, get a degree, or think outside the box in business, it can complicate our spiritual lives if we aren’t careful. You see, in the kingdom, there are no self-made women or men. The rugged individualism we elevate, especially in western culture and literature, is at odds to the models laid out in the Bible. Even Paul, who is writing this letter to Timothy, took his baby steps of faith in the company of people like Ananias, Barnabas, and the other disciples. This was someone who had a one-on-one encounter with Jesus on the road. And still he saw the importance of being in the company of, and learning from, the other followers of Jesus.
Paul knew, and reminded Timothy, of the importance of our spiritual legacy. People have sown into your life. Your insight, passion, wisdom, and faith are not only a result of your discipline or gifting. God placed people in your life at critical times to teach, guide, encourage and challenge you. To help you become who you are today.
So take a moment to think through the people who have spoken into your developing faith, and how their influence has brought you closer to Jesus. Take time to be thankful. If you are so inclined, reach out to those people and let them know the change they brought in your life, and how their legacy of faith is being passed on through you.
On Wednesday, we will talk about how we, like Lois, Eunice, and Paul, can pour into others as well.