Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stir It Up!

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:6-7)

You let your gift grow idle. You assumed it would keep working even if you took a break, put up your feet, lay down for a while.

A siesta. A respite. A nap.

But while you were catchin' z's time moved by and other stuff crept in until the very thought of using your gift became a curiosity. 

"Yeah, I used to do that ages ago."

It happened to Timothy, and Paul gave him the solution. "Stir it up," he said. "Stir up this thing God gave you. The thing I laid hand on you for. The thing power flowed from God through me into you with the ability, the strength, and the fearlessness to do."

"God called you. God set you apart. God. The Almighty. The All-Sufficient one. The best backup there is. So what are you waiting for, what are you afraid of? What, son in the faith?"

Stir it up!

The phrase in the Greek is an interesting one. It means to rekindle a fire. To fan the flames. Add fresh fuel. (Clarke, e-sword) But do it knowing God's behind you. These verses go together.

Stir it up! And then you won't be afraid.
Stir it up! And then you'll see God's power in your thoughts.
Stir it up! And then you'll feel the true majesty of the love of God.

Don't just sit there, my friend. STIR IT UP! 

What is it God has for you to do? What instruction did He whisper in your ear early one morning that you forgot about? Stir that up!

YOU do it. Because until you get off your can and push yourself towards it. Until you actually RUN the race, you'll still be sitting in the same spot tying your shoes. And the goal will be just as far off as it ever was.

Stir it up! And then you won't need to be revived. The very thought of revival implies something died, something that shouldn't have, something that should be as alive today as it was when you first received it, as alive as that moment when God came down and you took that initial step of faith.

God didn't give you a gift to keep it wrapped in a pretty package with a nice bow.  

He said, "Unwrap it and use it. I'm right here behind you with everything you'll ever need to complete the task."

So do it. Stir up that gift and see where it takes you.

Suzanne D. Williams  
Suzanne Williams Photography  
Florida, USA 

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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