Devotional: ‘On Fire for God!’

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2 Timothy 1:6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self-control. BSB

Timothy has always been one of my most favorite personalities in the Bible. Though he was perhaps still only in his teens when we first read of him, it seems that he was already a well-grounded believer. (read Acts 16:1-3) Apparently the Apostle Paul thought so, for he and Silas encouraged young Timothy to become their companion as they conducted their missionary journeys.

Today we see that Paul encouraged Timothy to ‘fan into a flame the gift God had given him.’ The ‘gift’ probably refers to a spiritual gift given to him by the Holy Spirit. Many think this gift was either preaching, teaching or evangelism. (see 2 Timothy 4:2-5) Whatever the gift was, Paul encouraged him to use it to its full potential. One Bible study resource says that the phrase ‘fan into flame’ (stir up – KJV) carries with it the idea of continuously kindling afresh and in full flame. [1] The noted Greek scholar AT Roberston said that it means to – ‘to keep blazing.’ Today we might say – ‘Be on fire!’

The thought that you and I should take from this study today is that we should never waste the gifts and abilities God has given to us, but instead we should do all we can to keep them hot and alive. Jesus told the church of Laodicea to repent of their lukewarmness and be zealous for the things of God. [2] Passionate is the word we might use today. It’s shameful how passionate many people become over something as silly as a ballgame or car race, and impassionate when it comes to the things of God. That is not to say that we should be disrespectful in church, but that there should be a passion in our Christianity.

Many years ago I heard a line that I have used a few times when applying for a job. “You may be able to hire someone more qualified than I am, but you will never hire someone with more desire.” There may be other Christians who will have more talent or ability than we may have, but there should never be someone with more desire.

God bless you brethren and have a great Lord’s Day!

[1] http://www.preceptaustin.org/2_timothy_15-7  August 18, 2016

[2] Revelation 3:14-22

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