There are times in life when you have to part with something you would rather keep in your own possession. But you entrust that item to someone you can depend on, and go your way. Sometimes, as in the case of a man named Glaucus in ancient Sparta, the person turns out to be untrustworthy. By the time Herodotus tells his story in the 5th century B.C., the entire house of Glaucus had been wiped out. This was seen as fit punishment for someone who was not dependable when something was entrusted to him.
The Greek word for entrust was paratithemi (par ah TIH thay me). It was used when something valuable was being passed on, or committed to someone else. Note the vivid, vital importance of this word to Jesus when He said, “Father, into your hands I entrust/commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46). Note the personal weight of the word as Paul and Barnabas entrusted the new elders to the Lord and went on with their journey (Acts 14:23). Note the Kingdom significance as Paul entrusted his charge to Timothy (1 Tim 1:18).
But most of all, consider how we all share the eternal consequences of what Paul entrusted to Timothy at his life’s end: “What you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust/commit to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well” (2. Tim 2:2). At Ozark Christian College we have for six decades accepted this trust as our own.
But as we carry this trust into the future, and look at the students and facilities with which we have been blessed, we must consider one more sobering use of this word. “From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). May we be found worthy of this trust!