For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:5-7 (NRSV)
That is what I want. That is what I will ask you to do in me, for me, and through me. What do you want? What do you want me to do in you, for you, and through you? I want you to set me on fire. I want to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. I want to burn white hot and be full of passion so that I can boldly use all the spiritual gifts you have given to me to minister to others. I want you to use me to build your kingdom. I want you to use me to go out into the world to make disciples. I want you to help me to store up treasure in heaven with you. As I have frequently said, I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have a very good request in your heart and on your mind. What has happened to you? You tell me. You have stirred up this desire in me. You have given me the desire to serve you with all that is within me. Yes, that is true. But you must have come to some new understanding or realization. Again, that is you at work within me. You have helped me to see that the spiritual gifts I have been given are largely dormant and going unused. That is not good. This is a tragedy. This cannot continue. You do have good insight and wise thinking at work within you.
What do you want from me? What can I do for you? Well, I want you to help me to rekindle and fan into flame the gifts that you have given to me. For starters, help me to understand more clearly all the spiritual gifts you have given to me. Let not one go undiscovered. Let not one be unused. Place me where you can use me. Give me a new assignment. Help me to join you in the work that you are doing in the world around. Give me an invitation that is unmistakable. Help me to respond with boldness and power and self-discipline that can only come from you. Enable me to go and do whatever you ask of me. This is my prayer. This is what you can do for me. This is what I am asking of you today, here, and right now. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. I will boldly use you in my service. I will fan the flame within you. I will make you white hot and passionate about serving me. Thank you, Holly Spirit.
Holy Spirit, I know I have been given spiritual gifts to use to minister to others. I know that my spiritual gifts have not been boldly and fully used to serve others. Many of my gifts have gone unused and dormant. Help me to rekindle and fully use my spiritual gifts. Amen
Key Question… What spiritual gifts have you been given to use to serve God in ministry to others?
Living It Out… Step out and boldly use the spiritual gifts you have been given to minister to others.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Holy Spirit will empower you to use the spiritual gifts you have been given.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are boldly using the spiritual gifts you have been given.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you rekindle and boldly use the spiritual gifts you have been given.
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