2 Timothy 1:13-14 (ESV)
 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
I was privileged over the past weekend to attend a military ceremony in West Virginia where command of the West Virginia National Guard was transferred from one retiring general to a new incoming general. The culmination of the ceremony was the passing of the West Virginia state flag from the outgoing commander to the new one symbolizing the transference of the mantle of power from old to new. In his speech the retiring general encouraged the incoming general to continue the work he had begun.
In the second letter from the Apostle Paul to Timothy we see a similar situation play out. Paul who is imprisoned because of his proclamation of the Gospel writes his up and coming leader Timothy to encourage him to continue the work of the Gospel and to guard the message given to him.
I think Paul’s message is as applicable for us today as it was for Timothy. The Gospel has been handed down and guarded from generation to generation. It is up to each of us to protect the Good News of the Kingdom of God. It is up to us to boldly claim Christ crucified and raised for the landing place of God’s wrath and the forgiveness of sin. It is up to us to stand on the shoulders of the ones before us and finish the work they have begun.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the Gospel. Thank you Father those who have guarded it and handled it down to us. I pray Father that you would strengthen us in its proclamation. I pray Father we guard it also so that when the mantle of power and influence passes from our generation to the next we will have built a strong foundation for those who will follow after us. I pray these things in Jesus name. Amen.