Fanning the Flame

What do memories have to do with fanning into flame the gift of God within a person?  Apparently a lot.  The Apostle Paul led up the verse “I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you” (2 Timothy 1:6) with three memories.  A memory of serving God with a clear conscience in constant prayer.  A memory of Timothy’s tears.  A reminder of Timothy’s sincere faith and faithful mother and grandmother.

Far from simply being the fond memories of a man about to be martyred, Paul’s words in 2 Timothy 1:3-7 are key patterns for us to learn how to run the race of faith strongly all the way to the end.  Serve God. Keep a clean conscience even when it isn’t popular.  Pray for others.  Serve Jesus and people with passion and your entire heart – even unto tears.  Have relationships in Christ with other people.  Maintain a sincere and genuine faith without compromise.  Encourage strong families in the faith.  All these things help us fan into flame the gift of God within you and help you help others fan into flame the gift within them.

An exercised and well-fed gift  results in a spirit of courage.  A spirit that goes forward in spite of fears within and dangers without.  A spirit of power in the gospel.  A spirit of love for God and men.  A spirit of self-control enabling a person to run the Christian race with endurance all the way to the end.

To hear more, tune into Oasis Christian Community’s audio page and listen to the sermon Faith on Fire.

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