Monday, August 16, 2010

Turning that Spark into a Flame


Spiritual gifts. All of us have them, but the majority of us don't use them in the right ways or with the right motives. These amazing gifts of God can be used to bring so much glory to Him, grow us closer to Christ, and edify other people.

2 Timothy 1:6 (New Living Translation)
This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you... For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

I have read these verses before but never really put the two together. First, Paul tells Timothy to fan into flames his spiritual gift; to use it for the Lord. Then he goes on to tell him not to be afraid! That is something that can really get to all of us. We are afraid of using our spiritual gifts. God may be calling you to start or be apart of a pretty daunting and overwhelming task where you will put your spiritual gift into play. Don't be afraid of what others will think or the stress that may come from that! We have the Holy Spirit inside us that gives us power and strength to overcome those fears. We all have talents and abilities that we can fan into a flame that shines the light of Jesus. We have this little spark inside of us. But I challenge you to turn that spark into a bonfire! Turn it into something that radiates Christ inside your life.

Maybe you aren't quite sure what your spiritual gifts are. Something I find very helpful is a Spiritual Gift Test. I can't promise you it will be completely accurate, but it gives you a general idea of areas you may be gifted in. If you are gifted with giving, see what ways your church is involved in helping the community. If you have the gift of music, maybe you can look into joining your church praise band; and so forth. God isn't going to endow you with a gift and then not provide any way for you to use it! Search for ways you can serve by using your spiritual gifts. Don't be afraid to step out there and use it for Him.
What are your spiritual gifts? How are you using them for the glory of God?

In His Love,

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