Don’t let the fire go out!
Scripture reading for October 2nd: 2nd Timothy 1
Several years after his first letter, Paul was in jail and very probably facing execution for his faith. He wrote a final letter to his son in the faith, Timothy, to encourage him. These ‘last words’ should encourage us as we face increasing persecution and opposition in our world today.
“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother, Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 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. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline.” (2nd Timothy 1:3-7)
Paul spent much of his last days in prison for his faith. He used this time to pray and to write. His heart was filled with thanksgiving and longing to see Timothy again. Paul had known Timothy’s family and the faith that they shared and encouraged Timothy to keep fanning the flame of faith through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
It is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to witness and preach the Gospel with authority and to love those Christ puts in our lives. It is only through the guidance of the Spirit that we can discipline ourselves to live the holy life that God calls us to and to pass our faith to the next generation. Let’s fan the flame in our hearts today! The fire of God’s Holy Spirit yearns to reach the lost!