READ : 2 Timothy 2:1-2
And what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well. (v. 2)
In these my “retirement” years, I often preach about “leaving a legacy.” That concern is never far from me—what I will leave behind to those who come after me. I almost always feel tears coming when I hear this chorus sung: “O may all who come behind us find us faithful!” All of us who have labored for a lifetime in the gospel are passionate about its furtherance after we’re gone.
Paul was thinking about the generations to come when he gave this charge to Timothy: “What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.” He wants Timothy to “pass it on.” He wants his legacy to his younger friend to go cascading down the generations. He envisions a non-stop Christian witness until Jesus comes.
Let Timothy search out faithful people, those with a gift and heart to teach. Let him pour his life and ministry into them. That’s the richness of the “apostolic succession”—one generation guiding the minds and kindling the hearts of the next. It’s a beautiful pattern of what Christian institutions are meant to accomplish.
Lord, give us all the heart and power to “pass on” the treasure of the gospel.