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Sun, May 27, 2018

Pass It On

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Some people have defined Education as a process by which a particular society transmit the worthwhile aspect of its culture to other generations. Any society that fails in transmitting its culture from one generation to another is bound to fail and probably go into extinction. This process of transmitting or passing on from one generation to another is similar to what goes on in a relay race where an athlete is expected to pass on the baton to the next athlete until the last athlete reaches the finishing line.
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Some people have defined Education as a process by which a particular society transmit the worthwhile aspect of its culture to other generations. Any society that fails in transmitting its culture from one generation to another is bound to fail and probably go into extinction. This process of transmitting or passing on from one generation to another is similar to what goes on in a relay race where an athlete is expected to pass on the baton to the next athlete until the last athlete reaches the finishing line. Mistake on the part of any of the athlete in dropping the baton means automatic disqualification and forfeiture of the prize.

In our text, Paul wrote to Timothy as he was gradually coming to the end of his ministry. He needed to pass on the baton of faith and leadership to another faithful soldier who will pass it on. He saw in Timothy, a young timid, but reliable soldier, a worthy replacement. Paul realised that he needed to encourage Timothy for this noble, but difficult assignment. Hence, he desired to see Timothy and encourage him. What made Timothy fit for the assignment Paul wanted to give him? Without any doubt, it is simply because of the legacy of faith that has been passed on to him from his grandmother and mother respectively. Our text reveals some fundamental truths, which both the children and adults need to know. Let us look at the text to discover them.

Each of us has something to pass on v5b – Lois, the grandmother of Timothy passed on to her daughter Eunice, the mother of Timothy, a genuine faith; Eunice in turn passed it on to Timothy. Timothy was still holding on to it and ready to pass it on.  What are you passing on to your children and other generations? Is it an enduring legacy or a fading legacy?

It is what you have and value that you can pass on v5a – Lois and Eunice passed on their sincere and genuine faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to Timothy. They could have passed on education, money, riches and houses but they must have realised that those things do not last; hence, they passed on something they valued, something that is eternal: genuine faith.

We should not drop the baton v5c – The young generation – children, teens and youth, should hold on to the faith they have received and should not drop it. Paul was convinced the genuine faith passed on to Timothy was still in him, he had not dropped the faith the parents bequeathed to him. How many children have dropped the baton of faith today, how many have turned away from the path of righteousness? If you have dropped the baton, please pick it up. If you are about to drop it, please do not drop it.

Passing on the baton of faith must be deliberate, purposive and passionate (2 Timothy 3:15) – The baton of faith was deliberately passed on to Timothy from infancy so as to make him saved.

The continued existence of the church depends on each of us deliberately passing on the baton of faith to the next generation and to the lost in the world. What are you passing on?

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