Fan Into Flame
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.”
Paul’s last letter to his son in the faith, Timothy, is more significant to me when I consider the fact that Paul knew he would soon give his life for the gospel of Jesus. His letter was written from prison, apparently after he already knew the fate that awaited him. I assume he believed this might be his last chance to write.
In that light, he reminds Timothy of the sincere faith of his mother and grandmother that Paul confidently stated resided in Timothy. Therefore, as a sincere believer, Paul encourages Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God”.
In previous devotions we have learned about the “gift of God” to which Paul is referring, the power and anointing of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In some translations it says to “stir up the gift of God that lies within you”.
Paul wants to strengthen Timothy, but he reminds Timothy he already has all the power he needs to be able to walk in love with soundness of mind for discipline and self-control. This is all available through the Spirit.
Are you too a sincere believer? Fan into flame – stir up the gift – that is in you by the Holy Spirit of God!
Tell the Father you want to walk in courage, love and self-discipline today through the sound mind of Christ given you by the Holy Spirit.
Dive Deeper: Study 2 Timothy 1; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13.