Lois and Eunice: here we have two women of virtue. These two women were simply a grandmother and a mother, but what an impact they had on the world. Just being an “ordinary” grandmother and an “ordinary” mother prepared a little boy to become a tremendous impact and to pass the torch of Christianity to yet another generation.
In 2 Timothy 1:5 we find the only time these two women are mentioned: “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.”
These two women knew the stories in the Old Testament, the prophets, judges, the wisdom in Psalms and Proverbs, the life of Christ, the spread of Christianity. This is what they taught to Timothy. 2 Timothy 3:15: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” These two ladies were the Proverbs 31:10 women. They understood the importance of being a grandmother and mother.
Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
It is interesting that the word grandmother is only used once in the Bible in connection with Lois. To me, this shows something of great importance that has been passed down from generation to generation. There is importance in preparing the next generation and teaching them. Now let’s look at 2 Timothy 2:2: “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” This is what Lois and Eunice believed, practiced, and carried out.
Timothy had been grounded in the “right things”- the important things. They were not worried if they had Timothy in the right Sunday school class, where he could attend and learn Bible verses and color cute little pictures. They were not worried if they had Timothy in the right children’s church program and if he would be in the annual Christmas play. They were not worried if they had Timothy in the right church that provided opportunities for the children to grow and keep them busy. They were not worried if Timothy had outlets to make lots of friends and have a social life. Nope! These two ladies were concerned with teaching Timothy what they knew and passing it along to the next generation. They believed the responsibility for doing so was with them, not with the preacher or the church. They took to heart the responsibility of teaching and training children – that this is the “right thing” to do, the important thing to do.
2 Timothy 3:15: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
So here again we have two women of virtue. These two ladies, just an “ordinary” grandmother and an “ordinary” mother knew the importance of training up a child in the ways of the Lord.
Did Lois and Eunice take classes to learn how to teach Timothy? No. They were both rooted in prayer and these women had a relationship with the living God. That is where it all begins. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. Yes, the Lord uses people to help us along the path. That is why we are here with The School of Christ. But we cannot take on responsibility that is not ours. We have to see the importance of doing our best to prepare the next generation. The Lord will take care of the rest, as he did with Timothy.
Lois and Eunice took their job seriously and I am very thankful they did. They impacted Timothy’s life and made it possible for us to be impacted many years later. Praise the Lord for these two women of virtue!