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2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-7‬


“This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Observation-What does it say?
In this letter to Timothy, Paul is reminding Timothy of the faith that was with his grandmother and mother, is also in him. Paul urges Timothy to continue to grow in his faith by using the spiritual gifts that God has blessed him with. He encourages Timothy to continue to live a wholesome life, a life that Paul has taught him to live. Paul reminds him of the possible danger that awaits because of his faith, but also encourages him to be strong because the Holy Spirit is with him. Paul ultimately urges Timothy to carry on where he left off. To continue to share the Good News wherever he goes.
Understanding-What does it mean?
What are you using the gifts God has blessed you with for?
Like Paul and Timothy here, we all have special gifts and talents God has blessed us with. But how are we using them? Are we using them to benefit only ourselves? Or are we using them to help others in need?-(and by doing so showing them a glimpse of who Jesus was, or even sharing with them who Jesus was and what He did)? We as Christ Followers were given a special mission by Jesus…to multiply Christ Followers everywhere-(Matthew 28:18-20). So how are we doing with that mission? Are we sitting back, timidly, waiting for people to come to us? Or are we being bold and courageous, going out into this world-(whether it’s your family, neighborhood, or workplace), and proclaiming the Good News. Remember what verse 7 says in this passage, that God does not give us that spirit of fear and timidity, but one of power, love and self discipline. Is there gonna be bumps along the road? Are we going to be ridiculed for our beliefs? I’m sure we will. But we must be strong! Have faith, and know the One we serve! The One who conquered this world, and the One who conquered death! Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”-John‬ ‭16:33
“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”-Matthew‬ ‭10:32-33‬ ‭
Life Application
Have you had some pie lately?
Here at DSC, we spell pie differently. We spell it “PII”. It stands for Pray-Invest-Invite. We should all have a PII card with a list of at least 3 people who we want to see come to know Jesus. We should be praying for them, and praying that God can open up their hearts to His Good News. We should be investing in their lives. Helping them out when needed (remember: good works, produces good will, that will lead to the good news). Finally, we should be inviting them to church or even inviting them into a relationship with Jesus. I know I struggle with the last part, but I know with God’s help I can do it! And I know we all can do this too! I pray for all of God’s people to be on mission, to use the talents and gifts God has blessed us with to help further His Kingdom. Amen.
-Moses Gaddi‭‭‬ ‭