Tuesday, June 25

Fan the flame

Scripture: Joel 1-3, 2 Timothy 1

2 Timothy 1:6–7 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 the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Observation

Paul pictures the gift of God, which could be the Holy Spirit or some gift of the Spirit, as a fire that could die down over time and need to be rekindled.  So he tells Timothy to rekindle that fire, fan it into flame.  

Perhaps the evidence of this fire failing was timidity in sharing the gospel, for in the next verse Paul reminds Timothy that the Spirit God gave us doesn’t make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Application

First, this reminds me how much I need the Holy Spirit and His power in my life.  I want to welcome the Spirit’s presence and power!

Second, this reminds me that the fire of the Spirit can die down and need to be rekindled.  I’ve experienced that.  As a camper, I know that a fire must be tended or it dies.  How do we tend the fire of the Spirit?  It may be different for each of us, but for me it’s several things: prayer, time alone with God, sharing my faith, learning—all these rekindle my fire.  It’s good to know what rekindles your fire and do it regularly.  

Prayer: Lord, I want my fire to burn bright and hot.  Help me fan the flames and feed the fire today!