UC 2788/10000 The Deposit
That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in
2 Timothy 1 v 14
Another translation of this uni-verse is “ Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you-guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” It implies that faith is like a bank deposit. The blessings, the wonders, the wisdom, the miracles that accrue from it are like the periodic interest on the deposit. We are to guard this precious deposit but we cannot do it on our own. We need the help of the Holy Spirit. The deposit does not belong to us but is committed to us by the Lord for safe keeping like the talents of gold given by the master to his five servants in the parable of talents. We are to preserve it till the Master returns.
Like the faithful servant, we should increase the deposit of faith by investing it wisely in the opportunities that our lives present. We are holding it on trust and we have a responsibility to use it in the apt manner. The more faith we have the richer we are spiritually, the more effective we are as witnesses, the more loyal and obedient we are as servants of the Lord. Faith is not an idle deposit to be buried under sand but it is to be used and multiplied. These are the riches that neither rust nor moth nor thief can destroy. It outlasts our lives on earth. It is the currency of the kingdom of heaven. With this currency, we can buy anything we need in the Kingdom of God. It is the ource of our outcomes in life and the channel by which we can bless others.
The enemy of our souls attacks our faith in a variety of ways. But we need to be alert and prepared to defend our faith. The Holy Spirit is both the radar and the rudder of our faith. He sensitises us to the direction and nature of attack on our faith. He brings the appropriate portion of scripture to our minds in different situations to increase our faith. The Holy Spirit enables our faith to be fruitful in terms of expressing itself in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and humility. The Holy Spirit reminds us of our commitment to the Lord at apt times. He even shapes and leads our faith in the direction it should go and grow. He gives us the enthusiasm or the energy of God to put into our efforts and actions to live out our faith in real time. He refines our faith by removing the dross or impurities that have crept in over time.
Prateep V Philip