Fan Into Flame


 
Second Timothy 1:5-7  says, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith… 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.”

Today’s Minute for Men is about action.

Paul has reason to believe that Timothy’s faith is sincere and, because of that, he is encouraging Timothy to not become complacent in his walk with God. Jeremiah said that God’s Word was a burning fire shut up in his bones.  That’s how God wants us to be.

It’s about attitude. We can have an attitude, a spirit of timidity and fear, complacency, apathy–none of which are of God–or, we can have an attitude, a spirit of power, of love, of self -discipline, of action, which is of God. The choice is up to us.

Cautious faith isn’t faith. God wants us to open it up, put our foot to the floor and fully experience the power of His Spirit.

Why have something as valuable as faith and not give it everything we have?

God isn’t going to do the fanning for you. We have to fan the flames of faith.  How do we do that?

Peter had an experience that no other human had; he walked on water. Jesus didn’t take him by the hand and pull him out of the boat; he had to step out on his own. Yes, the Lord encouraged him, but He encouraged him to step out. That’s what He’s doing with us today. He’s encouraging us to fan into flame the gift of God that is in us. What is your gift? What are you passionate about? What is the Spirit of God nudging you toward? He’s not going to force you or pull you into it. He expects your faith to be sincere enough for you to take action.

Do you think the other disciples with Peter were thinking, “Man, I wish I would have done that; check him out; he walked on water!” Their inaction caused them to miss out on something pretty amazing! Ecclesiastes says it well, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working, nor planning, nor knowledge, nor wisdom (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

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