'I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother... and in your mother.' 2 Timothy 1:5 NIV
A 'faith developer' is someone who plays a significant role in helping others reach a higher level of faith in their lives. They show others the best way to live, they inspire people not to quit, and have faith that others are attracted to. They're the most Christlike person around.
Faith development should be a chain reaction. Someone helps develop our faith and, in turn, we then help develop someone else's faith. Timothy is a great example of this. Paul tells us that Timothy has 'sincere faith' and that his grandmother and mother had this faith too. They helped build up Timothy's faith, so that, at a young age, Timothy became a key figure in the spread of the Gospel. Paul advised him: 'Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity' (1 Timothy 4:12 NIV).
We don't always appreciate hearing advice from other people, but when they're sharing God's wisdom with us we need to be taking it on board. And, in turn, if there's someone we feel God's showing us to guide or encourage, we should the wisdom that he gives us and be their 'faith developer'.
So what now? Who has played a significant role in developing your faith: a family member, a friend or a member of your church? If you can, thank them for helping you grow in faith.
Soulfood: 2 Sam 1:1-3:21 Lk 6:37-49 Ps 109:1-15 Pro 17:27-28,