Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | October 8, 2018

When Intentional Serves Us Well

“For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6

I’m not camping material. I’ve went, done that and yes, resolved its just not me. But there is one tiny little detail I fell in love with – the campfire. Sitting around a blazing fire feeling the warmth, captivated by the embers and orangy blaze now that’s doable. Felt so amazing as long as I stayed close to the fire, not so good if the flames died down. Blessed there was plenty of firewood to stoke the flames.

Just like a cozy campfire needs to be stoked, God desires for us to fan the flame of our gift. Love this sweet reminder from Paul to young Timothy. Inspirational words to be stretched and invest in the gift God has freely given to each of His children.

How do we not let the flame die? One word – intentionality.

Being intentional with our gift means we won’t let the passion fade. We will guard our commitments and establish priorities. We will carve in time to learn, practice and discern how to use our gift. We will seek God’s direction and embrace moments when we are stretched out of our comfort zone. We won’t lose our desire to serve, and most of all we will not settle for anything less than offering God our very best.

My Dad taught Sunday School until his health declined in his late 70s. Never once did he think about not showing up for that group of first graders on Sunday morning. Faithfully, he welcomed, hugged and encouraged those little ones. My grandmother was a passionate prayer warrior. Skipping out on prayer wasn’t on her agenda. As long as she had breath in her lungs, she was talking to Jesus out loud. My friend Jane battled cancer for several years – singing in the choir was no longer an option so she worshipped from her hospital bed. Each trip to the hospital offered her an opportunity to brag on her God who was sustaining her daily.

So how are we using our gift? Are we waiting until a more convenient time to do what God has already equipped us to accomplish? Perhaps we are entertaining thoughts of stepping down because God doesn’t really need us anymore. One thing is for certain, God has plenty of room for all of us to use our gift. Yes, there are seasons when life requires we take a break or transition to serving in another way. But like my friend Jane, God sometimes opens up another audience for that gift to bless and it maybe in the most unexpected place. Now that’s a blazing fire.

“Father, help us to honor You with the gift You have freely gift. Create within us a deep desire to never let the flame die out.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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