Guard What's Been
Committed To Your Trust
The letters of 1st and 2nd Timothy were written at a time when great tribulation was rising against the church. The city of Ephesus, where Timothy was pastoring, just happened to be the seat of the Roman proconsul. New “religious” ideas were beginning to surface, and there were those who, through persecution and the introduction of false doctrines, were being swayed away from the Gospel of the Truth. Paul wrote to encourage Timothy to stand strong, and exhorted him to embrace his God given inheritance and be a light and example of a strong leader to those who were beginning to weaken.
self-serving, striving for prominent status, chasing after worldly gain
and notoriety as well as extreme and lustful fleshly pleasures were
running rampant at this time in Roman culture. Extreme pressure was coming
against the church from all areas as religious persecution was beginning
to mount. It was beginning to become unfavorable to be a Christian in
Ephesus during these troubling times.
statement means one who belongs to God, who is in His family, who has been
redeemed, bought, purchased having been born-again and washed clean in the
shed Blood of Jesus Christ and is now a child of God, a Kingdom recipient
- one with Christ and one who is seated with Him in heavenly places! Paul
was reminding Timothy - you are a new man in Christ, a new creation,
AND you now have your identity in Him and in His
Kingdom! You are anointed and empowered by His Spirit and more than ready,
more than equipped for whatever can come your way.
word “Guard” in the Greek is a very strong word. It speaks of guarding
against something from becoming violated or corrupted. Notice that which
was committed to us has been given into OUR
trust, for us to preserve, nurture and watch over, realizing and
recognizing the preciousness of this divinely deposited treasure. It
should come as no surprise that there is an enemy out there that hates and
despises this trust, and would love to sway the church away from this
Be that light, be that anchor, be that refreshment, be that miracle for those who are so needful and desperate around us. Don’t let ANYTHING corrupt or invade your thinking that will dull or diminish that trust. Don’t fall for the traps of the enemy - he is only seeking to lull God’s powerful people away to sleep through the narcotic of lust, greed, complacency and indifference.
If you have lost hold of this trust and have lost your focus, then repent according to 1 John 1:9, then receive and accept His forgiveness and begin to move forward once again. Know this: you ARE the object of His affection and He sees you through the filter of the Blood of Jesus as victorious and effective! It’s time to rise up and take your rightful place in Him.