The Apostle Paul laid before his friend and young pastor a sacred trust by saying, “O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you” (1 Timothy 6:20). Paul refers to this solemn charge at least ten times in First and Second Timothy.
A pastor must know that he is guarding a sacred trust when he leads a church. That means guarding public worship, church leadership, good doctrine, and good behavior. He must also guard himself and others in the church because a spiritual battle awaits the man who guards a spiritual deposit, and it will not be easy.
Again, Paul charges Timothy to “keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 6:13-15).