and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. II Timothy 2:2 ESV
It was vacation time again. We were going away for eleven days and Danni seemed to know it. She hopped in the car with the luggage and stared straight ahead. She refused to look to the left or right or acknowledge us speaking.
Danni settled in more snugly on the floor so we couldn’t reach her easily. We sat beside her and she relaxed enough to trust us again. I pushed and my husband pulled. She was finally in the house but flashed me dirty looks as she entered the front door. We betrayed Danni but we left her in good hands.
It sometimes takes a village to care for a dog. All three of our children, their significant others, one friend and Danni’s special friend, the church custodian, cared for Danni while we were gone. She was walked to the ice cream shop, the donut shop and was tempted with many other treats in our absence. We left her in good hands.
Jesus left his ministry in good hands. He spent lots of quality time with his disciples showing them the way in word and deed. He revealed God to them first hand. John 14:9 states that, “‘Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?'”
Jesus continued to teach his disciples for the forty days after his resurrection. He sent his Holy Spirit to further teach and lead them into all the truth. John 16:13 tells us, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” Jesus left his ministry in good hands.
Jesus has entrusted his word and his teachings to you and to me. Are we being faithful to proclaim it and teach others? It takes a village, a community of believers, to care for the lost, the sick, the hurting and each other. Is his ministry still in good hands? Are we being the hands of the savior in our little corner of the world?