Lessons From Installing a Fan

August 17, 2021


Pastor David here, and I've invited you onto my back porch.  I am trying to install a very simple fan.  So, to do this, I've got an instruction manual with pictures.  Hey, kids would love this!  I would love to tell kids a story from this particular picture book.  I could make up all kinds of good things looking at these pictures.  But you know what?  It's just not that helpful to me.

Tools are very simple.  You need a screwdriver and you’ve got to screw screws in.  I mean, it's so simple I can't even use my favorite “man tool.”  With my electric screwdriver—regardless of whether or not I get a job done right—I feel extremely manly when I use this!  But, I can’t even use it.  Right now, I am at a moment of frustration because I just have three screws that I have to put in, which are going to hold it all together.  Then, I can actually lift it in there and perhaps connect the electrical wires properly!

I hope I get all this done, but I can't even get past the easy stuff!  You see, every time I get involved in a project like this, I realize that I rely on other people around me to help me through.  I need someone who has the experience, who knows what they're doing, and who can show me the step-by-step.  They can let me know, “Don't do that so hard. You are going to break it.”  Or, “You know what, you need to do that a little harder or it’s not going to work.”  I don't know all of this stuff.  I just feel lost.

Now, think about it.  That's the way it is in the body of Christ too.  There are some who have walked down the path with Jesus for a very long time.  Certain things are very intuitive for them.  They don't even look at the instruction manual because they have certain things that they can do, and they can do them well.  Other times they are digging deep, trying to do research.  They use volumes of encyclopedias and Bible study books to get to the bottom line of understanding the Lord and His ways better.  Then, there are other Christians in which the simplest things are difficult for them.


So, Paul, writing to Timothy in his second letter, says in 2:2, “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.”  Now, in other words, Paul is saying to Timothy, “We have gone through the instruction manual.  We have put a few fans in together.  Now, I want you to take those things to entrust them to faithful men so that they can also put in fans—and they will be really good at it—so that they can actually teach others.”  Notice this, we have four generations here—Paul to Timothy to other faithful men, who can then teach others.  This is not just reserved for people who are paid staff at a church or people who have known the Lord for 50 years with one foot in the grave.  No, this is for everybody.

When we get to Titus, chapter 2 verse 1 says the same kind of instructions, “But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.”  Step one is to know sound doctrine.  Paul continues in verses 2 – 8:

Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.  3Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine.  They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.  6Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.  7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

It goes on to talk about other relationships.  But notice the point here – older men to younger men, older women to younger women, pass on the faith!

So, I want to challenge you!  Maybe you have walked with the Lord for a while… but, regardless of how long you have walked with the Lord, there's someone behind you who may need a helping hand. Oh, they’ve got the instruction manual.  They’ve got God’s word.  But they actually need someone to walk through life with them and teach them some of what it means to be a strong believer in the Lord so that they can be faithful!  Entrust to others, who can then entrust to others.  Older to younger.  Let's be mindful of these things as we seek to live the Christian life that not only will we be strong in our walk, but we will invite others on the journey as well.

I tell you what, putting this fan is going to take me a long time.  I think I might have to go get some rest and pick this thing up again tomorrow.  If I had someone here, I could learn really quickly how to get this job done!  And that's the way it is in the Christian life.  So, Cornerstone, let’s be the kind of church where we are not just isolated, doing our own thing, taking care of ourselves.  But rather, let’s be one that is mindful of the body of believers around us, taking those things that we have learned and passing them onto others, encouraging them to do the same.  By doing that we will watch Christianity be multiplied.  We will watch Christianity get passed onto the next generation.  And we will watch the body of Christ be stronger and stronger.  May God bless your day!


1)         Read 2 Timothy 2:2.  Are you in a generation-to-generation line?  Is someone passing on (or entrusting) to you?  Or are you passing on (or entrusting) to another?  Why or why not?  Are opportunities available to you and you walk away from them?  OR are you clueless as to where such “entrusting” is taking place?

Pray for God to 1) give you someone to entrust to you, and 2) give you someone to entrust to.  Be willing for either.  Ask the Lord to help you.

2)         Read Titus 2.  There is always someone younger than you… if you can read this.  And there is likely someone older than you even though you may be the oldest around.  Are you entrusting?

Pray again.  This time ask God to give you boldness to pursue someone who you think you might be able to help grow in the Lord.

3)         Look in Titus 2 at the qualities of the older persons.  Think about your own life.  Have you matured?  Consider how long you have been a Christian.  Do you look and act like a ____-year-old Christian?  What do you think should be different about your life and which might make you more capable of passing on your faith to another?  Make a list.

PRAY. Take your list to the Lord and ask him to make you into the woman/man that you desire to be… or, more importantly, who the Lord desires you to be.

About The Author

David Talley

David is Pastor of Theology and Teaching at Cornerstone where he has been serving since 2020. He has a PhD in Theological Studies from Trinity International University. In addition Pastor David is also currently a Professor of Old Testament at Biola University. David’s life goal and what he describes as “God’s inescapable call on my life” is discipleship. Towards that end, in his career, Dr. Talley has served as a Professor, Pastor, and Board Member of several different missionary and pastoral training outreaches around the world.