2 Timothy 1:6-7
6 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, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Cyrano De Bergerac is a French play written by Edmund Rostand in 1897. Cyrano is a marvelous swordsman and poet. But he is self-conscious of his big nose. The passions of his heart are locked inside because of fear and insecurity.
Can you imagine being so frightened and insecure that you are unable to talk about the passions of your heart?
Many people are afraid to share their true feelings and faith – and not because of a big nose. Fear and insecurity keep people from talking about matters of life; joys and hurts; work and finance; love and loneliness; and our faith in Jesus and His grace.
When a person becomes a believer in the Lord Jesus he is filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit equips God’s people with power and grace to live a new and to boldly proclaim the Grace of Jesus.
St. Paul writes in 2 Timothy 1:6-7 that we are to “fan into flame” the gift of God we have been given. Th gift of God is not fear — but power, love and self-control.
My friend, You have no fear. You have no insecurity. You are courageous to proclaim the Grace of Jesus.
Dear Jesus, thank you for the gifts of power, love, and self – control. Nurture my faith to use my gifts to your proclaim grace with courage. Amen.
Written by: Pastor Sippy