"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 1:5Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, his prot√©g√©, for the purpose of relaying the methods and means of church planting. Paul was nearing the end of his life, and understood the great importance of the task of sharing the Gospel and making disciples. He knew that these things must be carried on to the future generations and disciples. Paul was concerned with legacy. He was burdened with making sure that future generations had faithful workers who would be committed to harvest the ripe fields of lostness. Through this letter to Timothy, Paul is seeking to divulge his apostolic and authoritative wisdom so that the mission of church planting can continue, and the Kingdom of God can advance. Amid the weightiness of circumstances, Paul thinks of the legacy that gave Timothy life. The Apostle knows he is about to taste death, that his race will be finished, and that he must commission Timothy to continue on in his place, and in spite of all that heaviness he praises God for two women: Eunice and Lois. We see from this passage that Lois, Timothy's grandmother, was a believer. She apparently wasn't a passive woman of faith, because her faith in God was instilled in her daughter, Eunice. Even more apparently, Eunice's faith was living and active because she bestowed it on her son, Timothy. Eunice's and Lois' faith now dwells within their beloved. Without the faith of his mother and grandmother, Timothy's faith may not have existed or been as sturdy. But because of the strong women who raised him, he was versed in the Gospel and became a vessel of service to the Lord. Both Eunice and Lois had counted the cost of the Gospel and considered it worthy to be passed on. While both of them are only mentioned by name once in all of Scripture, their impact has lasted for millennia. Their dedication to raising their son and grandson in faith and saturating their home with the Gospel indirectly enabled churches to be pastored and planted for centuries after their passing. In part, because of faithful women 2,000 years ago, we have the privilege of hearing the Gospel today. This is the imperishable nature of the Gospel legacy. Titus chapter 2 speaks to this same phenomenon: when mature men and women pass on their faith and duties to future generations, cultures are pointed toward the Gospel. When girls and boys are raised up to imitate the Christlikeness of their elders, culture is transformed from within, and entire societies are enabled to function in a way that reflects the glory of God. When churches practice the passing-on of Gospel-centered legacy, future leaders are raised-up and empowered to proclaim the light that is the love of God. This commitment to impart the Word of God to future generations doesn't stop with biological family-ties. This commitment relies and depends on men and women of faith to entrust their godly wisdom and knowledge to boys and girls who may not be their own children or relatives. Churches need older saints who are committed to the task of loving and teaching children and young adults. Paul was not Timothy's father, but that did not stop him from treating him as such (1 Corinthians 4:17, 1 Timothy 1:2). Paul poured all he had into Timothy and treated him as a son, passing along his wisdom and knowledge of the Gospel. Despite the lack of bloodline, Timothy was the one who carried on Paul's Gospel heritage. Timothy was a part of two legacies: one from his mother and grandmother who imparted the knowledge of faith and the Gospel to him, and one from Paul who imparted apostolic wisdom and knowledge. A legacy that is imperishable is a lineage of believers who love Jesus Christ with all that they are. My bees will perish, and the heritage of beekeeping will one day become obsolete. But the Word of the Lord stands forever, and those that dwell richly within its pages have a heritage worth defending and continuing forever. Sarah Morrison is a staff writer for The Daily Grace Co.