Read Timothy 2:2.
Paul had a valuable message and shared it with many witnesses. They all heard it. So did Paul’s cherished disciple Timothy. But it was to Timothy that he entrusted this special message. This was not because Timothy was smarter or somehow more able. It really had very little to do with him or his worth.
No, Paul recognized the power and treasure of the message of Christ and wanted to ensure that it would continue to be disseminated. Timothy, just like the many around him, heard what Paul had to say, but he was different … he showed his faithfulness to the task of sharing this treasure with others.
Timothy was not alone either. Paul saw and trusted that others, people with whom Timothy had relationship and influence, would also be able to join in the labor. In fact, Paul foresaw not only the first generation with Timothy (and let’s not forget about Titus and Luke and Mark and others) but also a second and even a third. He saw those who were able to teach others also.
Each of us—sons and daughters of the Most High God—have benefited from this “trust account” passed down from generations of faith, not bloodlines. We have been enriched in an unmatchable way. We have heard.
Will we be faithful to pass it on? Can we be trusted?
Father, we pray to be counted faithful to pass along the greatest news in the world—that Christ came to reconcile people to God. Amen.
-from a missionary on our Equipping Team