Scripture:

“O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.” 1st Tim 6:20

Observation:  

When I read the full chapter 6, Paul is almost pleading with Timothy (“O Timothy…).  There is a lot to remember and apply as a disciple.  It reads like Paul understands that I can be quickly distracted towards irrelevant things and away from a true worshipful delight of our Savior.

Application:  

 1st Timothy 6 is a strong chapter.  As I have written before, Paul has this knack to get to the point quickly and produce a list of things to do and pay attention to.  Timmy is at least a 2nd generation Christian (if not a 3rd).  He became a believer due to the testimony of his mother Lois and grandmother Eunice.  He is now getting into being a pastor and leading congregations.  So what is Paul telling him?  Be strong in doctrine, look out for deviations of the Truth—but in particular “Pay attention to your heart; Pay attention to your soul.”  How?

I wrote last week about Colossians 3:1 “If then you have been raised with Christ…” 1st Tim 3:20 is a continuation of that thought.  The operative concept here is to think; consider; contemplate; meditate; wonder, envision, imagine, visualize, ponder, reflect, deliberate, converse, and any other synonym that can be thought of.  [Side note and not meant to condemn: How often when I am around other men do I not talk about the Word of God but gravitate quickly to last night’s scores?  I am guilty of the second often.  When I am asked “how are you doing?” it is not very often I reply “I am treasuring what I read in 3rd Hezekiah 3:3 this morning.  It is so rich…”]

How much do I even consciously consider guarding the deposit entrusted to me?  What does that even look like?  How would I go about “guarding?”  Here is a hard question that just came to me: “What do I guard?”

If the only answer that I can think of is “my salvation” (a Sunday School answer) then I think I am missing the mark.  I can’t guard my salvation because it is a gift of God-I cannot appropriate it, grab it, hold on to it, or anything like that.  So what then do I guard?

This is an open ended question.  I can think of a few things.  But this is something that I can take away from this scripture reference-if I am not thinking about this frequently (if not constantly) then I am without doubt missing the mark.

Prayer:  

Lord God: If I don’t delight in You and that in all my ways then I think I can be quickly adrift.  All the things that You wrote to Timmy I can get bogged down in and lose sight of You.  I remember these exhortations: Ps 1:2 “…but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night.”; Ps 35:27 “Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore: “Great is the Lord who delights in the welfare of his servant.”; and goodness so many parts of Ps 119.

You, O God, remind us that no matter what we lay our hands and hearts to, we are to always delight in You.  How can I guard my heart?  How can I guard the deposit entrusted to me?  How can I always treasure Your precious Gift?  Delight!!  AMEN.