Many times when I was a teacher I would have to step out of the classroom for period of time for differing reasons. As a parent this was often true as well. In stepping out they often leave with these words “I am leaving you in charge.” How does that statement sit with you? Do we really understand the implications of those words? Do we realize the consequences if we do not live up to those words? As we open ITimothy we find that Paul essentially has left Timothy in charge and he does so because Timothy has proven to be trustworthy, he is reliable, he is loyal to the core. He is thus a “true child in the faith.” It is because of this Paul has written this letter to encourage Timothy to “hang tough” for the wolves that he predicted are already at work in Ephesus seeking to destroy the foundational principles of the faith. Paul notes that his predictions are coming to light. Timothy has been given a huge task and he must remain strong and be steadfast.
Beloved, Christ has put us in charge of passing the baton on; we have been given the huge task to remain strong, steadfast as the winds of culture seek to drive us from true doctrine. There are wolves amongst us and we must be discerning and wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Isaiah’s warning long ago to King Ahab is as applicable to us as well: “If your faith does not remain firm, then you will not remain secure.” Beloved, Paul’s charge is before us: “dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
How are we doing?