Christian Mothers And Grandmothers

J. D. Conley
May 14, 2017

What a wonderful blessing it is to have a Christian mother and grandmother! I was blessed with both, in fact, all three. My maternal grandmother was a faithful Christian and an elder's wife. My paternal grandmother was also a child of God and a gospel preacher's wife. Then my godly mother, who was also a preacher's wife, had a tremendous impact on my life. She was my first Bible class teacher, leading me by setting forth a sterling example of what a Christian is. She instilled in me many things of a spiritual nature, but one thing that stands out is she stressed the importance of always putting God first. Certainly, I have failed her and God several times in doing so. But her teaching of putting God first is so engrained in my mind, it resonates even though she has been with the Lord for nearly twenty-three years. Of course she did not teach and believe in putting God first of her own accord, she simply underscored what the Scriptures teach on the matter, then sowed that seed deep into my heart. She taught me the meaning of these words of Jesus, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). Therefore, when it came to giving, to working for the Lord, to attending worship, to daily Bible reading, to putting church services before school activities, to visiting the sick, to helping others, all of these, and more, were lovingly emphasized as far back as I can remember. I'm eternally grateful for her, and her godly influence that lives on in my heart. As it was said of Abel, "...he [she] being dead yet speaketh" (Hebrews 11:4).

The apostle Paul praised godly mothers and grandmothers when he alluded to Timothy's, saying, "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 ant persuaded that in thee also" (2 Timothy 1:5). Notice that "unfeigned," i.e., sincere faith, was passed on from one generation to another. Only a sincere faith would be sincerely passed on. What a compliment Paul pays these godly women! He says he remembered their sincere faith and that he was persuaded that they had passed that faith on to Timothy. That is precisely what my mother and grandmothers did for me.

The passage above tells us Timothy's faith was no accident. It "dwelt" in his life, i.e., it made its home in his heart. It dwelt there because of the godly influence of his mother and grandmother. They deliberately planted the seed of faith in young Timothy, nourishing it, until it took root and flourished.

If you have a mother or grandmother that have done likewise, then thank them on this day. Don't take them for granted.