Pass It On!

William C. Brownson

Read: 2 Timothy 2:1-2

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

In these my “retirement” years, I often preach about “leaving a legacy.” That concern is never far from me—what I will leave behind to those who come after me. I almost always feel tears coming when I hear the chorus to the song “Find Us Faithful”: “Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful!” All of us who have labored for a lifetime in the gospel are passionate about its furtherance after we’re gone.

Paul was thinking about the generations to come when he gave this charge to Timothy: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” He wants Timothy to “pass it on.” He wants his legacy to his younger friend to go cascading down the generations. He envisions a nonstop Christian witness until Jesus comes.

Let Timothy search out faithful people, those with a gift and heart to teach. Let him pour his life and ministry into them. That’s the richness of the biblical “apostolic succession”—one generation guiding the minds and kindling the hearts of the next. It’s a beautiful pattern of what Christian institutions are meant to accomplish. —Bill Brownson

As you pray, ask God to give you the heart and power to “pass on” the treasure of the gospel.