Verse of the Day
…fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. [2 Timothy 1:6 – NIV]
Like many children of the ‘50s, I was shipped off to summer camp. Camp was fun; you got a chance to do lots of things that just weren’t possible back home in the city, like shooting a gun or a bow and arrow, canoeing, chopping wood, hiking and camping, and many other outdoorsy things. One of the most challenging skills we learned was how to start a fire with a steel knife, a piece of flint, and some tinder. This required lots of patience and perseverance. Once a fire was started, you had to keep it going, gently blowing and fanning the flames.
As we consider today’s passage, it’s good to keep in mind that the people of New Testament times probably started fires in much the same way as we did in summer camp. Why is this relevant? Well, because it sheds light on the real meaning of Paul’s words. Developing and using the gifts that God gives us takes a great deal of patience and perseverance on our part. We are not to sit idly by, but we are to be engaged to the fullest in sharing God’s Word. So I implore you to do your part in spreading the Good News to all you meet today and every day!