Week 35: Good Deposits

Today’s Text: Second Timothy 1-2

Key Text: Second Timothy 1:13

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

Have you ever stopped to think about the good “deposits” others have made in you – deposits that you should cherish and protect?

We might immediately be tempted to think of literal, material things that loved ones have “left to us” after their passing, but I am talking about another kind of wealth.

I am speaking about the good lessons; the wonderful example; the common sense; the compassionate spirit; the brave heart – on and on.

These are the things that, if we are blessed enough, we receive from parents and mentors along the way.

These are the things that, if we are blessed enough, we will one day be able to pass on others.

The apostle Paul did this for young Timothy.

He passed on “the pattern of sound teaching” which – along with “faith and love in Christ Jesus,” he could use to great benefit, both for himself and those to whom he ministered.

Such a treasure had to be carefully guarded.

Just as with material treasure – there would be those who try and steal it away – for their own worldly gain.

Paul warned of such thieves. It was as if he was saying, “Timothy, what I have given to you is worth more than gold and precious gems, take care of it. Take care of the faith, the wisdom, the courage, the compassion, and everything else I have freely given to you, in Christ’s name.”

What do you have – in the way of similar spiritual treasure – that you can give to others in Christ’s name?

What “good deposits” of faith can you make into someone’s spiritual bank account?

Think about it – and share them – today, before it’s too late.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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