2 Timothy 1:14 – Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

I have not been able to move on from this instructive word of Paul to Timothy. I have been asking myself before the Lord, “How well do I guard the treasure?” The treasure is Jesus Christ and the life He has given to each believer. That life came through the power of the Holy Spirit. This life can only be kept through His power as well. Paul says to “guard” through the Holy Spirit. Daily I need to be asking the Holy Spirit for His help to protect what the Lord has given to me by His grace.

Life is filled with little foxes that “spoil the vines.” “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom” (Song of Solomon 2:15). Foxes quietly sneak into the vineyard and ravage the vines while the owner of the vineyard is asleep. The enemy tries to sneak into the vineyard of our lives in order to spoil what the Lord has been growing. It is important to be diligent in guarding the treasure of His life that lives inside of us. We do this by guarding our life through the Holy Spirit. We are the Lord’s vineyard and He is looking for the fruit of the vine which Jesus calls “the new wine.”

I believe the little foxes to be “the cares of the world.” It is a subtitle because the cares of the world are tied closely with the daily needs to sustain living in this natural life. We all have basic needs which the Lord promises to supply. “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).

Part of the task of guarding is to not worry. We are to trust our heavenly Father for all. Another part of guarding is to “seek first God’s Kingdom.” It is important to evaluate our life by looking at our priorities. Does the kingdom of God take first place in everything? Where you find it is not, stop and repent and surrender that area to the Lord. Then immediately ask for the Holy Spirit’s power to help you. Look up the word “guard” in a concordance and see how often believers are instructed “to guard” particular areas of their lives.

Father, I ask You to raise the level of my awareness of guarding the treasure You have entrusted to me. Show me the “little foxes” so I can drive them off and protect the vines that You are growing to produce the fruit of new wine. I trust in the help of Your Holy Spirit who “dwells in me.