Two-Way Trust

William C. Brownson

READ : 2 Timothy 1:12-14

I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. . . . Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us. (vv. 12b, 14)

Here again Paul seeks to hearten Timothy with a personal testimony. The apostle says he has put his trust in Jesus. He is confident that the Lord will “keep” that deposit. He will guard all that we place in his hands “until that day.” Here’s the bedrock truth: God is faithful. He is worthy of our trust. He will never let us down.

The Lord has also given us something to hold in trust. God gave it first to Paul, and Paul is passing it on to Timothy: “Hold to the standard of good teaching that you have heard from me.” In other words, “I’ve turned it over to you. Keep it safe. Hold it fast!”

Paul’s final word on this: “Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit.” It’s as though he said, “The gospel message is in your hands now, Timothy, and it is priceless. Never let it go. Keep on sounding it forth. As God enables you, be faithful to your trust!”

PRAYER

God, help us to guard what you have entrusted to us!