Stir Up the Gift of God
Paul encourages Timothy to ‘stir up’ the gift of God within him.
“That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].”
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” ~2 Timothy 1:6-7 AMPC
All believers receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at salvation, but many question whether they have a gift from God.
What Does ‘Stir Up’ Mean?
“The Greek word translated “stir up” denotes the kindling of a fire, as by bellows. Anyone who has ever tended a campfire knows that stirring up the glowing embers of a dying fire can cause those embers to flame up again and burn more brightly. Timothy was to see to it that his spiritual gift did not grow cold through disuse; he was to “stir it up” and keep the fire going.” [GQ]
We too can stir up the gift of God within us.
How Do We Stir?
How do we stir up the gift of God in our life? “We stir up the gift by using the gift we have been given.
- We stir up the gift through godly discipline, which produces the fruit of God’s nature in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23)
- We keep the gift ablaze by not letting our spiritual selves grow cold or, worse, lukewarm, as the church of Laodicea had become (Revelation 3:15-16)
- We fan the flames of faith by continuing to ‘keep in step with the Spirit,’ following the Holy Spirit’s direction and guidance in every part of our lives (Galatians 5:25)
- We stir up the gift by no quenching or neglecting the Spirit of God, but allowing Him to thrive in us like a living, blazing fire (1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:19)” [GQ]
Let us be faithful to ‘stir up’ the gift of God by the power of His Holy Spirit, and let us ‘fan the flame’ of His love so that our love burns bright and hot for Him.
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is stir.