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But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:14-15

Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Listen: 2 Timothy 3

Paul reminds Timothy that he has been taught the Scriptures from his youth. Earlier in the letter, he even points out the sincere faith and influence of his grandmother Lois and mother Eunice (1 Timothy 1:5). Timothy’s mother and grandmother laid a spiritual foundation in his life. Eventually, Timothy grew to become a strong leader in the church. It all started with his family and the foundation they laid for him.

Family members have an incredible opportunity for spiritual influence. Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins can have a major impact on the spiritual development of their families. The challenge for us is whether we will be intentional with the influence we have. While our actions are not a guarantee, our influence could help lay a foundation for future faith. God used Eunice and Lois in Timothy’s life, and he can use us in the lives of our loved ones, too.

TODAY: Evaluate your influence on your family. What is one thing you could do to be more intentional in your spiritual influence? It might be with children in your home, adult children or other family members. Ask God to help you grow your spiritual influence.


Read 2 Samuel 3-4. Highlight anything that points to Jesus.