10/2/19

Good morning!
Text:  2 Timothy 1  (2 Chronicles 21-22)
I am always delighted when God’s Word says something fresh and new when I read.  In the opening passage of 2 Timothy, this treasure speaks:

I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands… (2 Timothy 1:6).

The Bible teaches us that, as Christians, we each have been given particular gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as teaching, serving, giving, encouraging and so on.  These words – “to fan into flame the gift of God” – speak to the idea that while the gifts are ours, they can either burn bright and hot or can shrink down to just glowing embers.  The suggestion here is that whether our gifts burn brightly or not is in part in our hands.  We need to “fan” them into flame.  I am challenged by this.  What ought I do that my gifts might be strong? For one thing, using a gift strengthens it.  Actions like confessing sin, prayer, time in God’s Word, forgiving others, spending time with those who encourage godliness and choosing to surrender self are all on the table as well.  So, how are your gifts, ablaze or smoldering?
in Him, Mike