“To Be Active Again” For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…” 2 Timothy 1:6
The appeal of the great Apostle in 2 Timothy 1:6 is relevant for every age, any generation and all who strive to be fulfilled in the spiritual life, mission and in the ministry. This reminder comes from a place of love and so is somewhat confrontive.
It is based upon the knowledge of Timothy’s spiritual legacy and awareness of his giftedness that the appeal is made. It is based upon the knowledge that his life has a clear foundation of knowing who Jesus Christ is and the meaning of his salvific mission for the world. The Apostle understands the impact of the profession of faith on the part of his maternal ancestors. This makes him ready and prepared for the work ahead of carrying on Paul’s ministry and of offering solid leadership to the church.
The appeal is based upon the grace of God. It is nothing the young servant of the Lord must manufacture by his own creativity. Rather it comes as a marvelous gift of the Spirit of God. He only needs to revitalize it, light it up again, re-kindle it, and fan the flame. So, it is with you and me. This not the time to retreat, but the time to “fan the flame.”
Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Ph.D, Pastor
Sunday Morning Worship: 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. only service for the entire month of July & Friends and Family Day) Sunday School: 9:45 am