2 Timothy 1:13-14 (New American Standard Bible)
Hold on to the example of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Protect, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.
Timothy was Paul’s spiritual son. Paul spent his life pouring himself into Timothy. Paul had demonstrated through his life how to handle the word of God and how to proclaim the truth of scripture. To hold fast to the truth of scripture and not compromise requires sacrifice. Many will reject the message of the gospel and the truth of God’s word. Many would rather determine what is right and wrong for themselves and embrace preaching that is compromised and pleasing to the ear.
Paul writes to hold on to the example of sound words you have heard from me. Paul was used by God to write a majority of what we know as the New Testament. Paul’s life is a picture of God’s grace. God took a man who was trying to destroy the church and hinder the work of the gospel and turn him around as one of the greatest servants of Almighty God.
Faith and love are found in Jesus Christ. Salvation is by faith alone in Jesus Christ and true love is only found when we walk daily with Jesus. The more we walk with Him, the more His love becomes a reality in every area of our lives. God desires to immerse our lives with His presence and His power, this is only possible as we abide and walk with Christ daily.
It is the Holy Spirit who dwells within us who makes possible the ability for us to do anything for God and His kingdom. Paul says to protect the treasure that has been entrusted to you. The true treasure in this world is the truth of God’s word. The enemy desires to corrupt the preaching and teaching of God’s word. It is when God’s word is taught rightly and soundly that people come to salvation, are set free from the bondage of sin and hell, they are redeemed for God’s glory. This is why Paul’s instruction was to guard. The enemy will stop at nothing to try to get the minister of God’s word to compromise.
But great rewards await those in God’s kingdom. Yes we may be rejected on this earth, hated, and called to suffer because of the name of Jesus. But great is the reward that awaits us in God’s kingdom. Our focus must always be Jesus and His soon return. This world is not our home and may we simply live to bring glory and honor unto the Lord.
Father today I come and ask you to help me to hold fast to your word. When I have opportunity to share, teach, and proclaim your truth, may I never compromise and may your strength and power fill my life. Father give me eyes to see and ears to hear. Guard and protect my heart from every scheme of the enemy. Deliver me this day from every trap that is set for me. May I protect the truth of your word and may I be a faithful steward of all you have given unto me. In the mighty name of Jesus.