Fanning the Flames

Jun 6, 2012 | Uncategorized

2 Timothy 1:6-7, “This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Did you know every believer of Jesus receives a gift–a spiritual gift? The contents of the gift may sometimes come as a surprise while sometimes its an affirmation of what you already know. Both of these reasons are equally important. Sadly, many are not only inhibiting themselves from using these gifts but they also forsake it for theological reasons.

AUTHOR’s NOTE: To find out what spiritual gifts are mentioned in the Bible, please click this link (clicking will open a new window).

It has been taught that spiritual gifts come upon receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. Some say after you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Some say they get it after being a Christian for a long time. The Apostle laid hands on Timothy as mentioned in the verse above. Whatever way or season you receive the gifts, my dear reader, it is critical to acknowledge that YOU have a spiritual gift.Spiritual gift are given freely. Its is a voluntary act that Jesus does to achieve many a purpose.

There is so much to know about spiritual gifts that it will take a whole series of blog posts to finish let alone understand it. To put it simply, a spiritual gift is given to benefit Jesus’ church, His bride.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10)

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:4-6a)

The passage of scripture i mention at the start of this article is of the Apostle Paul admonishing or encouraging Timothy to “fan the flames” of the spiritual gifts God gave him. For me, fanning means to keep the gifts in use and to learn more and more how to use these gifts for the benefit of others.

Spiritual gifts should not be neglected and laid to waste. Doing so is a form of disrespect to the giver of gifts, Jesus Christ. We should also not be ashamed of these gifts even if we appear weird to some. We have to accept that spiritual gifts sometimes looks and feels weird to the uninitiated.

We should not be fearful of using our gifts especially the so called prophetic gifts, even it goes against other teachings. The bible said it so and should be the ultimate judge of our motives.

It is a blessing that in my stay here at CBN Asia, we have been encouraged to fan the flames of our spiritual gifts, to never neglect it but use it to bless others. May you my dear reader receive the gift(s) that was(were) intended for you by Christ Jesus for the glory of His name.

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