“For this reason, I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of hands.”- 2 Timothy 1:6
One of my least favorite chores in the world is to paint. I do not like to paint. However, I have chosen to do this chore a lot over the years because I do not want to pay someone else to do it. I am a very results-oriented person so once it is time to paint then my mindset is to get the job done.
Many times, I have made the mistake of not properly stirring the paint up before starting. When this happens, the paint does not cover properly and I waste a lot of effort.
I believe that the same thing can happen to us spiritually. It can be easy for us to fall into a rut spiritually and just seemingly going through the motions. All the while we are wasting a lot of effort. God’s Word addresses this when Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:6 to “kindle afresh” the gift of God. “Kindle afresh” means to stir up.
When we are not stirred up spiritually, we do not experience the fullness in our lives that God promised. Essentially, we are just barely covering the gaps of our lives. I believe that God intended so much more for us. That is why the Apostle Paul is reminding us to stir ourselves up spiritually. What does it look like to stir ourselves up spiritually?
It is not to manufacture a feeling within ourselves but instead that we would experience the fullness of our gifting’s in Christ. In this verse, Paul is talking to Timothy and it is not that Timothy is not living correctly. Paul is reminding Timothy to keep his spiritual fire burning.
We keep our spiritual fire burning by daily spending time in God’s Word and in prayer. To keep our fire burning, we must prioritize our relationship with God over all others. As we do this, we will begin to develop a passion for the things of God and for chasing after things that please Him. We will begin to really fulfill our calling and fully utilize our gifts.
You see the church today is not lacking gifted preachers, teachers, or impressive technology. Rather, it lacks people of God who are stirred up and eager to fulfill His purpose. I ran across a statement years ago that speaks to this issue. That statement was: “If the devil cannot keep you from getting saved, he will work to keep you average.” I am not sure who said it, but it is so true.
Are you stirred up for the Lord? Are you experiencing a fresh move of the Spirit in your life? I pray this verse will speak to your heart!