挑旺如火的恩賜 Fan into flame the gift of God
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 the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:5-6)
2 Timothy happened when the church had just been established, but it encountered trials and suffering from the persecution of the Roman Empire. The church was weak in faith and full of fear. Here, Paul reminded Timothy to not be timid but to fan into flame the gift of God.
1. Understand the inheritance of gifts—inherit and carry forward: The sincere faith that Timothy inherited from the family (2 Tim. 1:5) and the gifts and position through the laying on of hands show that there is a heritage of faith, position, and gifts. The ordination in the church is to confirm the faith and offices of the ministers or deacons, so be cautious and not rush (1 Tim. 5:22). The different gifts and duties set up by God in the church are for the purpose of equipping the saints for the works of service and building up the body of Christ. Therefore, the gifts given by God and the traditions of the church should not be neglected.
2. Fan into flame the gift—Serve with enthusiasm. Due to trials and tribulations, the formerly burning love and fiery service gradually become cold. So it’s necessary to fan the fire of the gift. Fanning the fire of gifts is the work of the Holy Spirit. Trust in the Holy Spirit and sow seeds in obedience to the Holy Spirit. To live is Christ and to die is gain. Then the flame of service will not go out. Our spiritual life needs revival constantly. If it is not revived, it will sink and sink. Seek the help of the Holy Spirit and pursue spiritual growth, then you may be fanned by the flame of the Spirit again.
3. Know the nature of gifts—God gives us power, love, and self-discipline
a. Power: Facing a challenging situation, the human heart easily becomes timid. As long as you admit your weakness, ask the Holy Spirit for help, think as Christ Jesus thinks, God’s presence will make you strong and courageous.
b. Love: Love God and love one another. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us what love is. This love comes from the Lord Jesus Christ and is given by God. We need to first receive the love from God and then love others as ourselves.
c. Self-discipline: We need to guard our hearts and be watchful in prayer. If you don't guard or watch, you will be easily devoured by the devil. You can't nap on the battlefield.
These are all given by God. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, let us examine whether we are lukewarm, spiritually low, and lazy. May the fire of the Holy Spirit once again inspire our faith, love and hope, and revive us, so that we may be truly committed to His mission.
～ Rev. Benguang Du 都本光牧師～