A local millionaire is leaving on a round-the-world yacht race and he’s looking for trustees to manage his estate for a year while he’s sailing the seven seas. “Trustees Wanted” says the headline of his advertisement in the local newspaper. Read some of the smaller print and you’ll discover he’s simply looking for trustworthy people to look after his property and valuables and hand them back to him in a year in the same condition as they received them.
Seems simple enough, but he goes on to explain that it will require a significant commitment of time, of thought, of feet, and of hands. Based upon his past experience, it will require perseverance in the face of difficulty and courage in the face of threats. It will be a heavy responsibility, it will involve many hours, it will produce many stresses, and there will be a thorough review and accountability process in a year. Oh, and the job pays nothing.
Do you think he’d get many takers? Do you think many or any would volunteer as trustees? Well, it’s such trustees that the Apostle Paul is looking for in the last verses of 1 Timothy.
O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21).
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