Guard What Has Been Entrusted To You!
by Dawn Johnson
We find this directive in 1 Timothy 6:20-21. “O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. (NASB95)
We see here two things that Timothy is to do “Guard what has been entrusted to you” and “avoid…” false knowledge.
What had Timothy been entrusted with that he is to guard? The Gospel, the gift of salvation, and the responsibility to share them with others.
What is he to avoid? Worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge.” It further describes what happens when you get caught up in that false “knowledge,” you go astray. We read throughout the Bible how man can be deceived into questioning God’s Word from Genesis 3 and on.
We need to know our Bible-not just know it but have a relationship with the one whom it is about, God. When we read and study His Word, we need to understand who He is and see what He has done for us through His Son.
Spending time in God’s Word should not be something to check off our to-do list but a time when we focus on getting to know God. We may need to slow down when we read-do not rush. Read it word for word. Ponder what His Word says. You may not get through the whole Bible in a year this way, but you will understand more of what you have read. In getting to know God more we are better able to identify the false “knowledge” that Paul warns Timothy about. It is much like the people who work with identifying counterfeit money, they study the real stuff so that they can identify the fake. That is how we should be with God’s Word, we should know it so that when we are faced with the false teaching we can identify with it.
There are many ways to study the Bible, but I believe the best way is to study the Bible with the Bible. That means do not rely on other books or devotionals to tell you what you should think or do with the scripture you are reading. Look into those cross references, ask questions, take the time, make the effort to learn about God. If there truly is something you do not get then ask your pastor, God has put him in your church as the shepherd, or look to the study helps, there are many available. It is good to have a pen in your hand and a tablet or journal nearby so that when you read the Bible you can underline passages that stand out to you or have a tablet or journal handy to write things down that come to mind. We want to learn about God in this, but we want it to be so much more, we want to have a relationship with Him, to become more and more like Him. He tells us in Isaiah 55:11 “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (NASB)
As we look to His Word may we experience the blessing that the Psalmist did, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103 ESV)
May we do as Timothy was encouraged to do, Guard what has been entrusted to us.