TOPIC: Influential Life At Home (DCLM Daily Manna 26 June 2021)
TEXT: 2 Timothy 1:1-5
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
KEY VERSE: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” – (2 Timothy 1:5)
When we talk about working for God, many Christians think it refers only to public ministry, the type society recognises and acclaims. But that is a wrong perception. The foundation of an effective and fruitful Christian service is to be found in our homes, where it is easy to practice what we preach, and to be a force for good for other members of our family.
Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, his companion and son in the faith, shortly before he was executed by Emperor Nero. The Roman potentate, in a fit of irrationality, had deliberately set parts of Rome on fire, believing that it would enable him to modernize it. To cover up his evil, he blamed Christians for causing the arson. The result was intense persecution and killing of numerous believers. Paul would become one of them. But before his death, he wrote a second letter to Timothy, assuring him that he was praying for him daily and that he greatly desired to see him again, remembering how sad Timothy was at their last parting. He fondly remembered that Timothy’s mother and grandmother were women of faith who were instrumental to building the young man’s faith in Christ. It was the clearest example of the influence believing parents can have on their children to get them established in Christ.
We must never shy away from living out our faith in Christ at home. We must shine the light of our righteous lives at home such that it will be impossible for members of our family to ignore. Love must be the hallmark of our interactions within our family and we must never leave out any member of our family, even the most recalcitrant, from our circle of influence, whether as fathers or as mothers, sons and daughters, brothers or sisters. Our lives must be the open book through which they will see Jesus.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Our Christian lives must infect and affect members of our families.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Kings 13-14
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.