Keep Your Guard Up
20 Timothy, guard what God has entrusted to you. Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. 21 Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness.
May God’s grace be with you all.
Capture the flag
One of my favorite games when I was in elementary school was capture the flag. The game was simple: two teams are sent to either side of a field with a colored flag, the opposing team would then attempt to steal the flag of their opponents – while trying to safeguard their own.
I was always one of the guys sent to steal the other teams flag – I was never as good at guarding our own.
In 1 Timothy 6:20, Paul implores Timothy to guard what God had entrusted him. In most cases, the term “entrusted” implies a sense of importance or value. One only ever entrusts something that is of worth, and thus needs protecting or guarding.
In this passage of scripture, Paul is most likely referring to the Gospel. It wasn’t uncommon at the time for people to be led astray by faulty teaching; so Paul, in an effort to emphasize the value of the Gospel, asks Timothy to guard what he had been entrusted.
Moreover, Paul specifically mentions avoiding, “godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge”. Much like my role when playing capture the flag, these sorts of things had a tendency to lead people away from the Gospel, and thus steal what should have been guarded.
What Have You Been Entrusted?
While Paul may have been referring to the Gospel when writing to Timothy, I question, what have we been entrusted with – and are we guarding it?
I can’t help but think of things like our children, marriages, families, jobs, callings – all things given to us from God to care for and look after.
At the risk of sounding pessimistic, It would be erroneous of me not to address the reality that there are things in this world that would gladly steal what we’ve been entrusted with. And while I don’t use steal in the literal sense, I do mean the possibility of having something that was put in our care fall through the cracks because we weren’t actively guarding it.
Put Your Guard Up
We have “things” in our lives that are of great worth. And like all things that need to be safeguarded, our role in protecting them must be an active one.
Life will continuously (and unapologetically) throw challenges our way. Our responsibility is to ensure that we keep our guard up, and protect that which we’ve been entrusted.
Question: What have you been entrusted with, and how do you keep it safe?