1 Timothy 1:6-7 says, “For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” The idea of kindling afresh really means to “stir up”. Paul was praying for Timothy to go back to his calling and his enthusiasm for that calling. Paul was praying that Timothy would take his passion for God to a much higher level.
As I pondered that verse, I am convinced that this is a prayer that we all need for our everyday lives. What if we were all to ask ourselves on a regular basis how enthusiastic we are about what God is doing in our life? The word “enthusiasm” comes from two Greek words that mean “in theos”. In other words, real enthusiasm has its foundation in being in a close relationship with God.
How would our lives really look if we were seeking a closer relationship with God and we allowed His Holy Spirit to stir us up regularly with a passion for Him? I believe that this kind of lifestyle is what the Apostle Paul talked about in Galatians when he instructed us to “walk in the spirit.”
I believe today that more than ever Christians need to “kindle afresh” on a regular basis our relationship with God. As a husband and a father, my family needs to see my relationship with the Lord strong if they are to have that kind of relationship one day. I recently saw the evidence of this in a statistic released by author and research analyst Christian Smith. His research showed that almost 70% of college students who had walked away from the faith after high school said that they were turned off by church because they had never seen it change their parents’ lives.
Our children desperately need to see our passion for God and how that relationship changes our lives and enables us to be better parents and spouses. May God stir each and every one of us up regularly so that we might fulfill the calling that He has on our lives!