Grow Your Gift

Friday

“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 ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In California, we had a fireplace in our little living room that we would use to warm the house during the few cold, damp winter months. I loved the warmth but I loved the ambiance that it created. I actually had a terrible time keeping it going.  My husband was fabulous at it. I would watch him carefully build it, pay attention to it, poke at it, feed it and adjust it until it was a blazing fire warming the whole house. There were days when he would get the fire started for me in the morning and then leave. I would gaze into the flames for a few minutes and then get engrossed in reading or writing. I would forget about the fire until I realized it was only a smoldering pile of half-burnt wood. It gave me an appreciation of what “fanning the Flame” means.

When God gives you a gift, it comes as a spark. A small light with great potential but will not grow unless it is fed, prodded, poked and paid attention to.

Jesus gives it to you and expects YOU to fan it into a fire.

God gives you the gift but expects you to grow it.

The verse after “fan the flame” is “God has not given us a Spirit of fear”.  God knows that fear is the number one reason we don’t grow our gifts, so he gives us something more powerful than fear: Himself.

When God sparks a gift for you to use and grow in, He helps you grow it with three key things:

Power


Love


Self Discipline

Don’t focus on the fear, my friend. Focus on the Spirit of God within you and fan the flame of what Jesus has given to you.

What has God sparked in you?

What are you doing to grow it?

What is stopping you?

You are Not Meant to be a Spectator 

  

God will give you what you need today to thrive, not just survive.

God’s plan is that you would be an active participator in your life, not just a passive spectator to it. 

No matter how tired you are, God will give you what you need to take part in, to enjoy and to discover everything bright and beautiful that he has planned for you today. 

You may say, “there is nothing bright or beautiful about today” but I beg to differ. You may not see it, but God does. Not because the day has it within itself but because God has it within himself.  

God has inlaid gifts of joy and moments of wonder even in the most mundane of days. 

His presence alone can bring glory to the most ordinary tasks and an awareness of the beauty of life into the dullest of days. 

Whatever tasks lay before you today, ask Jesus to show you the gifts he has placed in them and ask the Father to give you the strength to participate in them. 

“It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

May you be filled with moments of surprise beauty and the unique joy that they bring as you invite Jesus into every moment.