Therefore, I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:6 & 7
For years I have used verse 7 as a go to when feeling fear and anxiety. I remind myself that fear is a spirit and it doesn’t come from God. It is a great reminder to replace fear when it comes with God’s power, love and peace (sound mind). Today I have considered it in a whole new light within it’s context. Let me explain.
Timothy was afraid and by the sound of things he backed down from preaching the gospel. It sounds like he was afraid of going to prison like Paul and who could blame him? No one wants to suffer persecution for doing what is right and true. However, Paul tells Timothy not to be afraid or ashamed of Paul’s sufferings. Paul tells him he is called not because of what he has done (good works) but it’s all about God’s purpose and grace which was given in Christ Jesus. He tells Timothy to stir up the gift of God on his life. In other words, he is telling Timothy to get excited because he is fulfilling God’s plans and purposes.
We are to do the same thing right now. We are not to be afraid or ashamed of the gifts and call on our life, but we are to use them to accomplish God’s plan and purpose not our own. It doesn’t matter what the outward circumstances are, what matters is that God’s mission is being done. The problem is that we need to take our eyes off ourselves and surrender our works to the call of God on our life. Whether at work or play, wherever we are, the reason for being there is to get the job done, not to make ourselves look good. It starts by stirring up the gift of God on our life. What ever your gifts are, get excited that you are using them for the kingdom of God, right where you are. Put away the spirit of fear and put on God’s power, love and confidence. We will probably never face the persecution like Paul and Timothy did, but we still have the responsibility to submit our gifts to His call.
Today I want to encourage you to not be afraid or ashamed of the gospel or the call on your life. Recognize that the gifts on your life are there to complete God’s plans in the world. He plans for all of us to have a part because He wants to share his glory with us. God could do it all by Himself, in fact, He did do all the hard work in Jesus. Now He gives us a part of His work by sharing with and loving others. We are in this thing together, so put on the confidence He has empowered you with and lets get the job done!
Today’s scripture reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-9