2Tim. 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
I often think of this passage when I am facing some kind of fiery trial of my faith. This letter was the last Paul wrote, probably written just before he was executed in Rome. Paul had faced his share of adversity and knew the importance of stirring up the gift. He was speaking to his son in the faith, Timothy. Timothy was leading the church in Ephesus and was also facing fiery trials. Persecution had broken out and Timothy was right in the thick of it. There are a couple of things that stand out in this passage that catch my attention. First, the laying on of hands; Timothy was reminded of that day when Paul laid his hands on him and how the Holy Spirit first fell on Timothy. It’s good to remember how and when you received that gift. Secondly, Timothy was told to stir up or fan into flame this powerful gift. How can we stir it up? I think of two major ways. First, pray for extended times in the Spirit on a daily basis. This is the place where we build our faith and partake deeply of the power of God. Secondly, put yourself in a position of ministry. Lead a small group, share your faith we friends, get into a regular flow of outreach and evangelism. It is when we put ourselves in these situations that we can activate the anointing in our lives. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on today’s verse.
“He exhorts him to stir up the gift of God that was in him. Stir it up as fire under the embers. It is meant of all the gifts and graces the God had given him, to qualify him for the work of an evangelist, the gifts of the Holy Ghost, the extraordinary gifts that were conferred by the imposition of the apostle’s hands. These he must stir up; he must exercise them and so increase them: use gifts and have gifts. To him that hath shall be given. He must take all opportunities to use these gifts, and so stir them up, for that is the best way of increasing them. Whether the gift of God in Timothy was ordinary or extraordinary (though I incline to the latter), he must stir it up, otherwise it would decay….It is probable that Timothy had the Holy Ghost, in his extraordinary gifts and graces, conferred on him by the laying on of the apostle’s hands…”
So go ahead and stir it up. The world is hurting and supernatural Christianity is the only answer. The culture of the world has pushed hard against Christianity recently. Our response has to be according to Paul’s exhortation to Timothy, “God has not given us a Spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind. Stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands”.