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?

Bury It

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“so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” (Matthew 25:25 NET)

Fear is a liar.

It says, “Yes, you have been given a gift that you did not earn and a responsibility to do something with it but WHO do you think you are? You are nobody and can’t do anything really valuable with it, so bury it. At least then it will be safe. “

FB Meyer expressed the thinking of this servant in the parable of the talents as this:

“I can do very little; it will not make much difference if I do nothing: I shall not be missed; my tiny push is not needed to turn the scale”.

Fear is a liar.

You can do something. You will make a difference. You will be missed.

The fearful servant buried his talent.
Kept it safe for his master.
He did not risk failure or work for success. He just buried it deep down where no one would find it.

When the time came to give account for what he had done with what he had been given, his master was NOT happy with him.

He had given his servant something valuable of his with the expectation that he would do something good with it. That he would grow it, work it, risk it.

Don’t listen to the voice of fear.

You are chosen.

You have been equipped.

God expects you to do something good with what he has given you.

Don’t bury it.

Invest it, grow it, work it, give it, risk it.

What are you going to do today with what God has given you?

Fan the Flame

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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)

God has given you a gift. He gives it to you as a spark and expects YOU to fan it into a fire.

It is up to you to grow your gift.

You must feed a fire, work a fire and tend to a fire to keep it going. I should know, I am terrible at keeping a real fire going. My husband is fabulous at it, mostly because he pays attention and pokes at it, feeds it and adjusts it around until it is a blazing fire warming the whole house.

What has God sparked in you?

What are you doing to grow it?

What is stopping you?

Fear.

That is why the verse after “fan the flame is “God has not given us a Spirit of fear”.

When God sparks a gift for you to use and grow in, he also gives you His Spirit with three vital things to help you do it:

Power
Love
Self Discipline

Don’t focus on the fear, focus on the Spirit of God within you and grow your gift.