|Someone Must Go First
By Greg Sanders
Acts 16:1 Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where he found a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman and a Greek father.
2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4I long to see you again, for I remember your tears as we parted. And I will be filled with joy when we are together again. 5I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
All of the credit for creating a Spiritual legacy is given to Timothy’s mother and grandmother. They are known as believers who are sincere in their faith. I am not sure if Timothy’s dad was a believer or not. Paul & Luke seem to be intentionally silent about his faith. As we reflect on Mother’s Day, I have been captured by an idea that Paul mentions regarding Timothy’s faith being part of a spiritual legacy started by his grandmother. Paul can clearly see in this family’s history where sincere faith had its start.
A Spiritual legacy has to start somewhere. Someone has to decide that I will go first in allowing God to break me free from my past. I will go first in being faithful to His house. I will go first in committing my family to the Lord. I will go first in being a sincere disciple of the Lord Jesus. This Mother’s Day, I want to salute all of the moms out there who decided to go first. Some of you not only went first, but you went alone. Sincere faith is never wasted, it always leaves a legacy.
Today’s Challenge: Is there are gap between the legacy you are leaving and the legacy you desire to leave? If so, then go first in closing that gap. Never underestimate the impact of your sincere faith.