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By President Randall A. Bach

I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you (2 Timothy 1:5, NLT).

I wish I could have met Lois and Eunice. For the Apostle Paul to remember them, two generations, by name suggests they were significant women. Not only did Paul link Timothy to them as part of a faith lineage, he personally remembered their faith as genuine. Several other Bible translations quote Paul referring to their faith as sincere. Lois and Eunice were distinguished or marked by their faith, which made them stand apart and above many other people. They were inspirational models and a visible influence on Timothy, their son and grandson. Timothy had a rich heritage. From his earliest days two generations of women poured spiritual life and connection into him.

Lois and Eunice were no doubt familiar with these instructions:

“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, NLT).

Lois and Eunice were secure in who they were, understood their mission, heeded the Word of the Lord, and diligently upheld their responsibilities. I am sure their faith was tested, which helped to refine its genuineness and their resolve. Only faith that has been tested will withstand winds of adversity. I believe these two women walked out what Corrie Ten Boom, another notable woman of influence and faith, wrote: “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”

Women of genuine faith today are often ridiculed for courageously standing for the sanctity of life, both born and unborn, for lovingly walking beside their husbands, and for nurturing families instead of deciding to be “free” and roam relationally. Some of them previously pursued lives devoid of genuine faith but discovered true life, redemptive freedom, and identity in Christ. Yes, I wish I could have met Lois and Eunice, but I have the privilege of knowing many of their faith descendants, truly women of strength! Like Timothy, I am thankful for a heritage of grandmothers and a mother who were women of genuine faith. Their imprint on me remains. I was privileged to know a godly mother-in-law (I have never told a mother-in-law joke), and I am so blessed to be united in marriage with her daughter, a woman of deeply genuine faith.

Thank the Lord for such influential women! They are leaders, often not by title or position but certainly in terms of guiding the trajectories of many lives. As spiritually dark as much of our current world is, what an utterly dismal place it would be without millions of Loises, Eunices, Annas, Bessies, Maxines, Franceses, and Barbaras, women of genuine faith!

About The Author

Randall Bach
President of Open Bible Churches

Randall Bach delights in opportunities to serve the Lord, including his current assignment as president of Open Bible Churches. He and Barbara, his wife, have been in ministry for over 46 years and call it “Our adventure together.” Randall loves the church, pastors, and church leaders and is convinced that God loves to work through them to make disciples, develop leaders, and plant churches.