“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.” (2 Timothy 1:5 NIV)
Paul wrote this address to Timothy, a young man in the faith of Jesus Christ, who was being called to labour with boldness for the sake of the gospel.
I thought about writing this story about Lois, Timothy’s grandma, but I thought it would be great to write about Eunice and how she very likely had been influenced by her mom’s faith, but also did a great job in influencing her son’s faith.
There seems to be no other reference to Eunice in the New Testament, but surely we can see a lot about the life of her son, Timothy who’s also mentioned in the other books of the New Testament.
I have only an idea about what Eunice must have done and how she must have lived because the scriptures teach us what manner of people we ought to be as believers and the consequences of walking in that revelation. So I believe Eunice must have lived like that.
Did she first hear about the gospel from Lois, her mom, or did they both hear it at the same time? Her heart must have been cut by the truth of the gospel and it must have been overjoyed to have received the salvation it proclaimed. She simply believed. She had “sincere faith”. She lived the faith she believed, and her son Timothy became a believer and a preacher and minister of the gospel. Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t that the prayer of every true Christian parent?
I like to think that Eunice wasn’t spectacular and didn’t necessarily live a spectacular life. She was a woman, married to a non Jew, as we know by the account given in Acts. She must have known discrimination by other Jews who may have deemed her marriage ungodly. She must have been very aware of how cut off from God’s people she was. Did she worship other gods, or did she try her best to keep her Jewish faith in another land, with a gentile? She must have been thirsty for righteousness, willing to be reconciled to God when the chance was presented to her.
God desires people who accept that they are lost without Him. Isn’t that what our Lord Jesus referred to when He spoke to the Pharisees. ‘Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”‘ (John 9: 41 NIV)
Isn’t God calling out for women like Eunice who know that they are in desperate need of Him? Isn’t He seeking people to truly put their trust in Him, people like Eunice who have a sincere faith? It’s people like Eunice that God uses to lead their children to Him. Children like Timothy who go on to be faithful servants who suffer for the sake of Christ and the gospel.
Eunice is a beautifully simple example of faith. She simply believed and she believed with all her heart. It made her different. She was obviously “light” and “salt”. It was clear enough that Paul the apostle didn’t flinch when he wrote about her sincere faith.
It should be obvious in our lives too.
If we say we have put our faith in Christ Jesus, then we must live each day like it’s the truth, in the secret and in the open, when the stakes are high and when they seem low, when everyone else is doing it and when no one else is.
We have only one God, only one master. Let us fully submit our lives to Him. His word is truth. His way is perfect. He is holy. He is faithful. He is all in all.
Will you answer His call today? Repent and simply believe, like Eunice. Let your faith be sincere.