What do you have of value that has been entrusted to you?
[Steve Myers] When someone entrusts you with something, what does that bring to mind? I know in my mind, I think of maybe a special treasure or some unique gift that they give you that you take care of, and you watch over, and you care for it, and you protect it. This word comes up many times in Scripture, but particularly in 1 Thessalonians, there’s a section of Scripture that deals with this very thing. In 1 Thessalonians 2:4 1 Thessalonians 2:4But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.
American King James Version×, Paul describes what was entrusted to him. He says, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”
So imagine this, like a special treasure, God entrusted Paul with the gospel, with the truth of His plan, with understanding God’s purpose. And yet, Paul wasn’t the only one who was entrusted with this special gift. As you respond to God’s call, He entrusts you with the gospel. That means we have to care for it, we have to protect it, we have to watch over it. We also then are responsible – it kind of brings this whole idea that, wow, with this big responsibility, I’d better make sure that I am living that gospel, that it is evident in my life, that the things that I do, the things that I say, the works that are evident in my life, better reflect the fact that I have cared for that truth of the gospel, that I haven’t changed it. Because part of the expectation in this idea of entrusting is that we take care of it without changing it. And so, we make sure that we live what we’ve been taught, and that that trust that we have been given is reflected in our lives.
And so, let’s guard that truth of the gospel in our lives. Let’s live that example. Let’s make sure it’s preserved in the things that we do, and maybe one more step with that treasure – it would certainly be wonderful to pass it on to others.
That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.