THURSDAY, JUNE 13
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
2 Timothy 1:5 ESV
WISE PARENTS ARE AUTHENTIC
Han van Meegeren who was a Dutch artist and an extremely talented art forger. He forged some of the world’s most famous paintings so well that the best art critics and art experts of his time thought his paintings were genuine. Painting one of the finest Vermeers anyone had ever seen was his greatest mistake. He sold his forgeries during the second world war and one of them ended up with the Nazi commander Hermann Goring. After the war, the sale of the painting was traced back to van Meergeren and he was arrested for selling Dutch cultural property to the Nazis. The punishment for this act of treason was death.
Nobody likes a fake, especially when it comes to claiming to be a Christian. In 2 Timothy 1, the Apostle Paul commends Timothy for his “sincere” faith. The word “sincere” literally meant “without wax.” This word was used to describe a piece of pottery that didn’t have any cracks that had been repaired by wax. A sincere piece of pottery was the real deal. Paul knew that Timothy’s grandmother and mother both had “sincere faith” which they modeled before Timothy growing up.
Some of us can identify with the resentment of having our parents pretending to be one thing at church but then coming home and being someone completely different. Being authentic with our faith doesn’t mean we have to be perfect or have it all together. Because none of us are perfect, including Timothy’s grandmother and mother. Being authentic is letting our kids see us pursue God faithfully all the while desperately relying on God’s grace and mercy to grow us.
No one likes a phony and no one likes to be called a phony. Are there any areas of your life currently where people might consider you a phony? Like the Dutch artist Meegeren, being a fake eventually catches up to us. Ask God to repair any relationships you have that have been wounded as a result of you not being authentic.