Passing The Baton Of Faith
“For I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which has been entrusted to me and committed to Him until that day” (2 Tim 1:12)
In His rich mercy, God appointed Paul to be a messenger of Christ. Most certainly, Paul traveled during dangerous times throughout Lystra preaching the good news of salvation. During his journeys Paul met Timothy and adopted him as a ‘son in the faith’.
Obviously, the strength of a genuine and faithful upbringing positioned Timothy to spread the gospel. These holy characteristics first existed in his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice (2 Tim 1:5)
Certainly, we do not become less by giving more but we grow in grace because of God’s enabling power. Further, labor for Christ is a gift from God and can be handed down to the next generation as seen in Timothy’s childhood.
By divine decree, Timothy was commissioned by Paul to carry the ‘good news’ to faithful men—men with proven spiritual character and giftedness who would in turn pass on genuine truth to the following generations (2 Timothy 2)
Basically, this process of spiritual reproduction, which began in the early church, was meant to continue until the Lord returns.
“For the spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but is power, love and self-discipline” (2 Tim 1:7)
When heeded, assurance of God’s presence and the promise of His grace is available to all believers. As we obey God’s Word, we are accountable to others in spreading His good news.
As we pass the baton of faith to others, we delegate stewardship and proclaim the Gospel to all. In addition, we fulfill the command to preach the Word, reprove, rebuke, exhort, give instruction and declare the Gospel’s good news.
Darlene Edmondson is a freelance Christian writer.