Mothers are special in so many ways. The selfless care of their family and home is endless. People all over the world point to their mothers as one of the biggest influences in their lives. There are many women in Scripture who had such an impact on their children. The mothers of Moses, Samuel, Jesus, and John are but a few. One such woman is Lois, the mother of Timothy. Scripture tells us about several characteristics and actions concerning this mother and her son, and the resulting impact that would change eternity for countless souls. Following are three such factors.
SHE WAS FAITHFUL: We are first introduced to Lois on Paul’s second missionary journey. Upon the Apostle’s return to Lystra, we are told about the disciple Timothy, who was “the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek” (Acts 16:1). She was faithful to God before she ever knew about Christ. Such faith led her to obey the gospel when she learned Jesus was the Messiah. Despite having a husband who apparently was not a believer, her faith remained strong.
SHE WAS WILLING: When Paul met Timothy, he requested he join him on his quest to take the gospel to the world (Acts 16:2-3). Given that Timothy’s father is spoken of in the past tense, we can assume he was no longer in the picture. If that was so, Timothy likely was one of the main providers of the household. Nonetheless, Lois was willing to let her son go. She was also willing despite knowing the potential dangers that lie ahead. Lystra was where Paul was beaten with rocks and left for dead (Acts 14:19). Lois had certainly heard about that and maybe even saw it herself.
SHE WAS TEACHING: Lois was a believer before Timothy was old enough to become a disciple (2 Tim. 1:5). Therefore, she knew the importance of teaching her son the word of God which “leads to salvation” (2 Tim. 3:15). One can picture the impactful studies that took place. Such studies would build the foundation Timothy would need to “fulfill” his ministry (2 Timothy 4:5).
Lois’ faithfulness, willingness, and time spent teaching God’s word would have an eternal impact on Timothy. However, the example of this godly woman likely influenced others for Christ directly, but even more so indirectly through her son and his service to God. Mothers and grandmothers greatly impact the lives of their own children in this life; however, more importantly they make an eternal impact on eternal souls!