Updated: Jun 3
2nd June 2020
“Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.”
1 Timothy 4:14 (NKJV)
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
2 Timothy 1:6 (NKJV)
Over the last few weeks there have been all kinds of revelations about what talents various people have. This time of lockdown and physical isolation has in some ways forced people to find different ways to occupy their time. What it has done is brought to the fore some talents that have been hidden away or forgotten about. Some have started renovation projects, painting (i.e. artists - not painting the gutters), writing, some have found creative ways to exercise and others have begun different hobbies. Not sure that eating more at this time could be classed as a hobby! One of the reasons for these things to have been realised is that much of the busyness of life for many people has been curtailed. There can be times when life becomes so busy that it can crowd out what is really important. We can fill our lives with the necessary and important, but other things can also creep in out of obligation, or distraction or just plain habit. I don’t know what was going on in Timothy’s life at the time Paul wrote to him, but it would appear that his gifts and calling had somehow been ignored and pushed into the background. Perhaps ‘ministry’ had become more important than calling, or his anxieties (2 Timothy 1:7) had crowded out his purpose and courage. Whatever the reason, the Church and the Kingdom were missing out on what he had to give. This season may be an opportunity to ‘stir up the gift that is in YOU!!’ Every one of us has God-given gifts and calling which were given to benefit the world around us and His purposes. Those gifts are of no benefit however if we let them lie dormant. There will be someone - maybe today - who will benefit from who God has made you to be, but only if you stir up the gift, take a step of courage, and use it.