Change Can Be Anticipated
Fan the Flame
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:3-12
Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:6
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.
As we anticipate change, we must realize it comes in various forms and from many sources. God, as we have said throughout this month, often does “make changes in our lives,” encouraging growth and stretching us. Another source of change is the evil one. He makes changes as well. He causes havoc in our lives at times. Mother Nature and natural consequences of life are both sources of change. We can prepare for these changes by building up the strength God puts within us.
The Apostle Paul tells young Timothy to “fan into flame” the gift of God. In other words, put forth human effort that encourages, focuses on, and strengthens the divine work of God in us. God is expecting effort from His children, not to earn our salvation, but to enhance our effectiveness in the world!
How do we fan into flame the work God has started in our hearts? First, we can identify it and verbalize it to others. This becomes a form of accountability for us. When we tell someone what we believe God is doing, it affirms it in our own mind as well. Secondly, we can read and study Christian books that are instructional in our area of ministry or giftedness. Third, we must search the scriptures to bring understanding to our minds. Look for examples of your area of ministry or giftedness in the book of Acts; look for models to follow. Finally, prayer fans the flame as we ask God for more of His presence and wisdom for our life’s ministry!
Father, remind me to prepare for all eventual change by becoming strong in my walk and my calling that you have put in my life! I will fan the flame today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.