Summary: This is a fine sermon to parents! No greater job on earth.
Do You Have What It Takes?
II Tim 1:5
Intro: Paul writes to Timothy to encourage him to do the work of God that has been assigned unto him. In so doing, he bolsters Timothy’s confidence by expressing his opinion that Timothy has what it takes to do the job. He does this in verse five by comparing him with his mother and grandmother. Timothy’s father was not a believer, but his mother and grandmother were devout women.
I want to preach to you today and ask you, “Do you have what it takes?” To be a parent, to lead your children right, to steer them in the path of eternity, to set the proper example, Do you have what it takes? To be a parent it takes:
I. Faith Unfeigned: This word unfeigned means sincere, without hypocrisy, without dissimulation. These three: Lois, Eunice, and Timothy had this kind of faith. The just shall live by faith- their confidence is in God. To them, faith is more than a philosophy of life; it is the very principle of life. The righteous shall live his whole life by faith. He is saved by faith (Acts 16:31), he is kept by faith (I Peter 1:5 “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation”), and lives by faith (Gal 2:20). His faith shall be tried many times and in many ways (I Peter 1:7), but faith will always be vindicated, because it is more than equal to any occasion. Faith knows how to wait on the Lord (Isa 40:31), and it is always victorious (I John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”) Faith defies reason, it moves mountains, it does not always face facts, and it never gives up. Faith says, “God is working out His perfect will in my life, and I can wait, endure, and suffer.” Faith does not make anything easy, but it does make all things possible. Faith is taking God at His Word and asking no questions. By faith, the mind trusts in God; the heart responds to the love of God; the will submits to the commands of God; and the life obeys in the service of God. Faith is paradoxical. It goes beyond reason. It believes without understanding “why.” It sings in prison, it glories in tribulation, it chooses to suffer, and it accepts every trial as the plan of God. Faith is important because it honors God, and God always honors faith.
II. Fervency of Prayer: Hannah is the greatest example of this. I Sam 1:13, prayed from her heart without a word spoken out loud. Eli rebuked her for being drunk, but she said, “No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.” When is the last time you poured out your soul before God? How long has it been since you prayed with fervency for your children and grandchildren? “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 When you don’t feel like praying, pray. When you think that all hope is gone, pray. When it seems like you have it handled yourself, pray! When it’s out of your hands, pray! Prayer is just as big as God is, strong as God is, can reach as far as God can reach. Don’t ever give up; just pray!