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. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NIV)
Fan Into Flame
I don’t want anything to be unused and go to waste. What’s that? I don’t want any of my spiritual gifts to be unused and go to waste. I don’t want any of my spiritual gifts to go undiscovered and undeveloped and underutilized. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. That’s good. My own timid and feeble efforts will accomplish none of that. I will not be able to go and do your will without your help. I will not be able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans without you powerfully working in and through me with the spiritual gifts that you have given to me. That’s true.
Who wants to see you discover and use your spiritual gifts more, you or me? You’ve got me there, I’m sure that you want to see me discover and use my spiritual gifts more than I do. Yet, you are quite passionate about wanting to discover and fully use all your spiritual gifts. Yes, I am. Where did this passionate desire to discover and use your spiritual gifts come from? Did you work up this desire in your heart by yourself? Certainly not, it is you who has fanned the flame of this desire in me. Let’s stop and talk about that word. What word? Let’s talk about the word desire. What do you know about me? What do you know about godly desires that are in your heart? You are the giver and granter of godly desires. What does that mean? If you put a godly desire in my heart, then you will certainly grant it. So, you have a godly desire to powerfully use all the spiritual gifts you have been given so you can bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Is that correct? Yes, that is correct. Is there any chance that I will let that passionate desire and prayer of your heart go unheard and unanswered? No, there is no chance of that. That’s right.
Will you keep on serving me? Will you keep on following me? Will you keep on allowing me to work in and through you? Will you continue to go where I guide you? Will you continually do what I ask of you? Yes, I will. Then you have no need to fear that any of your spiritual gifts will go undiscovered, undeveloped, or underutilized. I will powerfully use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. For that, I am very thankful.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the spiritual gifts you have given to me. Help me to discover and use my spiritual gifts. I don’t want any spiritual gift that you have given me to be unused and go to waste. Powerfully use my gifts to bear fruit for your kingdom. Amen
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