“Fan into Flame”-2 Timothy 1:3-7

2 Timothy 1:3-7 “I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4 Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 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.”

2 Timoteo 1:3-7 “Ringrazio Dio, che servo come già i miei antenati con pura coscienza, ricordandomi regolarmente di te nelle mie preghiere giorno e notte; 4 ripenso alle tue lacrime e desidero intensamente vederti per essere riempito di gioia. 5 Ricordo infatti la fede sincera che è in te, la quale abitò prima in tua nonna Loide e in tua madre Eunice e, sono convinto, abita pure in te. 6 Per questo motivo ti ricordo di ravvivare il dono di Dio che è in te mediante l’imposizione delle mie mani.”

 

     Paul is thanking God for his protégé, Timothy. Timothy’s father was Greek and his grandmother and mother were Jewish converts. He was raised in the Scriptures at an early age and Paul saw the hand of God on this young man. This mentor-protégé relationship was a bond so strong that Paul prayed for him day and night and longed to spend more time with him (v. 3-4). As a mentor, in the early part of this letter, Paul gives the admonition that everyone needs to hear as a word of encouragement: “fan into flame the gift of God” (v. 6). The phrase “fan into flame” is one word in the original language and means to stir up a fire. Everyone knows or has had the experience of seeing embers stirred up in order to relight a fire that has died down. When the stirred embers encounter air directly, the flame automatically ignites. The same is with God’s gifts: they must be used in order to reach and maintain their full potential. In 1 Timothy 4:14, Paul reminds Timothy to not neglect his gift.

     The church is full of people who have allowed their gifts and contributions to the work of God to slowly simmer down. The lack of attention or the distraction of other things has caused the flame for God and His work to dissipate. When we fan into flame the gift of God, this exercise will become God’s blessing. Jesus said in Matthew 25:29, “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have abundance.” As Paul admonished Timothy, so may the Lord encourage you in the same way.

Pray with me: Lord, I want to thank You for the gifts You have given me. Help me to keep the flame for God and His work dynamic and full of life.



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