Stir It Up

Brenton Hill - Lead Pastor

Illuminate Muncie | Muncie, IN

2 Timothy 1:3-7 ESV
I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 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 gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

A blazing fire left unattended will slowly die down to a pile of coals. If left unattended a while longer, the remnants of heat can still be felt, but there is no glow from the embers. Left even longer and all that remains is a pile of cold charcoal. In order for the fire to continue, it must be “stirred up” or “fanned into flames”. More fuel must be added for it to burn or eventually it grows cold. What a symbolic picture for the life of the believer.

In our Scripture reading, the Apostle Paul tells Timothy, as a reminder, to fan into flames the gift of God. It is an intentional thing to fan the gift of God into flames, and it requires attention and maintenance.

Therefore, Paul says, “stir it up”! Why?  Because God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. It is not man’s power, but the very power of God working in and through the life of the believer.

The same power that is so beautifully displayed throughout the whole of Scripture was given in the gift of the Holy Spirit as a gift to all who receive Him.  The same love that Christ has for each of us, He desires to be evident in and through every believer. Paul instructs the believers in 1 Corinthians 2:16 that they have the mind of Christ because the Holy Spirit gave it to them. Through the Spirit, we are given sound judgement, wise thinking, self-control and the list goes on.

How desperately we need these gifts to be evident in our communities.

As you go through your day, intentionally fan into flames the gift of God. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Let His gifts be evident in your life, and let the wind of the Holy Spirit blow on you that you may erupt into flames to be a lighthouse for His glory and Kingdom.

Father, I thank you that you did not leave us to navigate this life alone, and that by the power of your Spirit you empower us to live out the calling of the Great Commission. Teach us each day to be more like you that your works would be evident in and through us for your glory.

In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
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