In II Timothy chapter 1 Paul is talking to Timothy and in verse 6 he tells him to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. As I continued to read this chapter my mind kept going back to verse 6. As I prayed over this verse a question came to me, how many Christians are scared to stir up the gift that God has given them? Am I personally afraid to truly stir up my gift in my own life? Why are we afraid to do this? What would it take for us to stir up our gifts? What type of impact would this have on the world around us?
I think the majority of Christians are scared to stir up their gift from God. This is evident in the world around us. There is not a strong presence of Christians in the world today. Some will live their entire lives on this earth and never even know what their gift was, because they weren’t open to receiving it. Some of us may dabble in our gift but the minute it pushes us outside our comfort zone, we pull back or stop. We put limits and reigns on our gifts out of fear. Fear of what others may think or say about us or just fear of the unknown. Our minds cannot even comprehend where God wants to take us in our gift or calling. We can only serve Him as big as we believe.
So, what would it take for us to stir up our gifts? First, you have to know your gift. You have to let God show you what your true gift is, you don’t get to choose your gift. I believe your gift is given to you based on what God’s purpose for your life is. You can’t stir up a gift that is not yours. You have to quit worrying about what everyone else’s gift is and if their gift is greater than yours in your eyes, and walk in your gift. You need to keep your eyes on God and stay focused on your purpose. He has a plan for you and you were created with purpose but you have to be willing to accept your purpose to grow in your gift. Spend time in prayer and in his Word and he will make this known to you. Then, you have to be willing to follow him no matter how scared or alone you may feel. You may have to leave other people behind to complete your journey, but God will bring new people in your life along that journey. People who will pray with you and for you, that will encourage you, and lift you up to God when you are under attack. The unknown is scary but God will be there, you just have to be willing to go.
II Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. If we just applied to verse to our day to day life and walk in our gifts, what a mighty army we would be for Christ. There would be no stopping a church or Christian, on this earth, that truly believed and lived this verse. God is waiting for each us of to realize this. Pray for strength and courage today to accept your gift and purpose from God today. Pray that we, as Christians, begin to stand in his power and show the world his love. Let’s stop looking weak and unsure of ourselves, when we serve a mighty living God. There is no other like him. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. We need to stop acting as though we serve and ordinary God and realize we serve the only God and what a mighty and powerful God he is!
Thank you for reading and hope you have a great day in Jesus Christ!!