You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Our oldest daughter calls it the "death box." It's a metal box that contains our birth certificates, important papers, and our will. We have told Brittany, "If anything ever happens to us, be sure to go through the box." Every once in a while she'll ask, "Where are you keeping the death box these days?" Now, believe me, when we go, we aren't leaving much behind, but we want to give certain items that remain to our children. However, the most important "things" we can entrust to them don't fit in the box.
In this passage, Paul gives Timothy instruction about legacy. Paul passed on the things that he received so that the recipients could continue the "passing on" process. Timothy, Paul's spiritual son, had heard the truth from Paul's lips and watched it being worked out in his life. Now it was Timothy's turn to entrust the truth to faithful and reliable people who in turn would do the same. The future of the Gospel depends on this process of entrustment.
So, parents, how are you doing? What are you passing on to your children? Your good looks? Your sense of humor? A nice little inheritance? All that is fine, but it's temporal. Our job is to pass on the eternal. Don't you want your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren to have more than the family business and the vacation home?
Lord Jesus, drill deep into our souls the conviction of what is eternally important and help us be deliberate about passing that on to the next generation. In Your name. Amen.