Okay, I have to admit to adding in an extra word into the title of today’s post, but I think it will get people’s attention. Today I want to talk about setting your gift on fire. Not Christmas gift, but spiritual gift, which is much more important.
2 Timothy 1 v 6 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 God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
The Bible teaches us that we have all been given at least one gift by God, who is a good God and the giver of gifts. This gift may be in the form of a talent or ability. Churches exist on volunteers, and without a while bunch of people stepping forward to give of their time and talents, many churches would close down. You may not have received your spiritual gifts via the process of laying on of hands like Timothy, but you got at least one gift from God. Now, there i nothing sadder than a gift that is unwrapped. Think of the time and effort that went into planning and purchasing the gift, or making the gift. Think of the way the gift was given as a gesture of love or good will. Now think about that same gift, just lying on the counter, still wrapped and never opened.
Imagine someone gives you a cheque for $1 million. All you need to do is take it to the bank and cash it and the money is yours. But instead of doing that, you put the cheque in your closet and leave it there un-cashed. What good is it to you. The $1 million will still be in the bank of the giver, and it will be useless to you. It is the same with spiritual gifts. They need to be unwrapped, and used. On occasion when yo have not used your gift for a while, it needs to be fanned into flames again. When I just think of fanning something into flames, it means that there is the smallest fire, but it has almost gone out. You need to take something to fan it with and then to give oxygen to the flame so it can reignite
How much do you use the talents and gifts God has given you for his church and for his kingdom? If it has been a while since you used your gift for God, then may I encourage you to fan into flames, the gift that you have been given. There is nothing sadder than an unused gift.