2 Timothy 1:8–14 (ESV)
Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose
and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed
a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words
that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
I have always been a Christian, but I have
not always been a Lutheran. I got real excited reading the Bible from a Lutheran perspective as to it is God who works in you. Sitting here writing about today’s passage again brings that excitement. In verse 9, notice who is the initiator
when it says “who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began...” The initiator is God. He saved us and He called
us. When?? “Before the ages began!” It is God who works in us and saves us, which he knew before the creation of the world. We often try to take credit for it... but how can we?? Not only does he save us, but he guards the
good deposit intrust to you.
I pray: O Lord, I give thanks for your precious gift of faith, eternal life, salvation... for heaven itself. Let the Holy Spirit continue to guard me and protect me
until you return or death comes to me. Amen.