HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” 1 Timothy 6:20
There is a treasure of truth which I must hold fast; the pattern of sounds and words, Paul calls it. The simple and pregnant gospel of the grace of God, which tells me . . .
- of my lost and hopeless estate,
- of the electing love of the Father,
- of the sin-bearing Cross of the Son.
I must ring it forth in no dubious accents. I must defend it with soldierly courage. It is assailed from many quarters — but I must avow myself its advocate and spokesman.
There is a treasure of life which I must hold fast — that spirit of power and love and discipline with which God has endowed me. That new and heavenly nature which He has created within me. I must not risk and imperil it where it will be in danger. I must not tamper with anything that may dull its keen edge and rub away its delicate bloom. And yet I must not hide it in fearfulness and cowardice — but must show the shining light.
There is a treasure of other souls which I must hold fast. Whatever position I occupy in Christ’s church, however humble I am, I am appointed a teacher. There are sheep to tend. There are young lambs to feed. There are the wanderers to win. I must leave no method untried which may benefit them. I must love them with the Master’s love. If need be, I must lay down my life for the brethren.
If I am to hold these treasures fast, must not God hold me fast all the days of my life?