As a pastor, I have to say that I’m a bit jealous of Timothy. Maybe it wasn’t as big a deal back then (or maybe it was), but to receive a personal letter from the Apostle Paul would be the highlight of my life! I love the way Paul instructs Timothy concerning his walk with Lord.
“Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6 KJV
GOD PROVIDES THE INGREDIENTS
Take a look at the previous verse in this chapter.
“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and in thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2 Timothy 1:5 KJV
Young Timothy had a foundation in the Word of God by way of his family and upbringing. Paul also makes it clear that he had every reason to believe that Timothy had made his own personal commitment to the Lord as well. What I would like to point out here is that God has provided all the ingredients for a successful spiritual life. He provided Salvation upon the cross; He provided the Word of God; He has even come personally by the Holy Ghost to live in each one of us!
IT’S UP TO US TO DO THE STIRRING
Even though God provided all the ingredients it’s up to us to stay stirred. The natural process of things is to settle. Houses & buildings settle after they’re built. The pitcher of tea in your refrigerator will eventually show signs of settling after a period of time. Our spiritual lives are also subject to this settling process. We tend to grow lethargic if not stirred on a regular basis.
This is one of the reasons the Bible commands that we not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. We need that stirring process. But we cannot depend upon the weekly meetings to accomplish everything for us. There must be a commitment in our own lives to remain stirred for the cause of Christ.
So let me ask you a question. Which category would you put yourself in? Would you consider yourself “settled” or “stirred”? Are you settling for the status quo in your life or are you pushing the limits of this adventure called faith? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.
“…stir up the gift of God, which is in thee…” 2 Timothy 1:6