2 Timothy 1:6 NKJV Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Have you ever felt as if you had lost the flame of God within you? That you were going down for the last time? It’s easy to get discouraged if we look around us at the world happenings or if our own personal lives are filled with challenges that seem to never end. But God has given us a mandate to stir up what He has placed within each one of His children. If you are a believer in Christ Jesus it is your responsibility to keep yourself stirred up. Don’t let complacency or discouragement take root in your heart. The Amplified Bible says in Romans 12:11 “Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord.”
I was reminded of these verses this morning as I sought the Lord in my own personal devotional time. He reminded me that He has placed within each one of His believers a sincere faith to keep us seeking Him, and serving Him as we run our race through life. Paul told Timothy in his exhortation through the books of First and Second Timothy that he should not pay attention to what is said and done around him, but that his responsibility was to keep on preaching the Word, teaching his people to stay true to God and to endure even in difficult times because God is able to keep us even when others turn away from Him in the last days. Paul uses terms such as “hold fast”, “be diligent”, “be strong”, “fight the good fight of faith”. All of these are terms of encouragement that we should keep before our eyes to help us strengthen our faith and stay strong during difficult times.
Has God called you to a specific work of ministry? If so, take heed to what Paul tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:14-16: Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
God has placed gifts in each one of His children. Your calling may not be to a place of ministry leadership such as a pastorate, or as that of one of the five-fold ministry gifts: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastor and teacher; but your place in the Body of Christ is important and the ministry that He has called you to is just as vital to the growth of His Body as those five-fold ministry gifts. In Ephesians 4:16 each one of us is referred to as a “joint” that supplies the Body of Christ for growth toward maturity in Christ Jesus. You are important!
Paul instructs us in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 that we are to view each member in the Body of Christ as being as important as every other member because each one is vitally important just as each part of our physical body is as important even when we can’t see it. We can’t see our heart beating but if it were to stop our life would cease to be. Even so, there are members in the Body of Christ that are not visible but are vitally important to the survival of Christ’s Body on earth. We may not see the intercessors that constantly hold up individuals in their more visible ministries, but what would those ministries be without the intercessors that are not seen? So it is that each one of us is important in the ministry that God has called us to. Stir up the flame within you to fully complete the ministry that He has called you to do!
Paul left Timothy with this last exhortation for his ministry calling: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.” (2 Timothy 4:2) This is an exhortation that we can apply to each of our lives as He has called us each to a different aspect of ministry. Don’t give up! Be ready in season and out of season to do what God has called you to do at His direction.
Father, I thank You for Your gifts within each one of us. I thank You for the calling that You have on my life and the lives of other believers that is vitally important to the work of ministry that needs to be done in these last days. I pray that You will encourage others to continue in the work that You have laid out before them. Help them to continue to stir up that flame that You have placed within them. Give them a renewed passion for what You have called them to do. Father, I pray that they will be aglow with Your Spirit and burning brightly for Your kingdom’s glory and honor! May the Body of Christ go forth as the great army of God that You have created it to be. Grant us a renewed vision for the work of ministry that You have given us! And for those who don’t know you, Father, I pray that today will be their day of salvation. I ask You to pull down the blinders that Satan has hung over the minds of unbelievers that they might see the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.