By Reverend Josh Chigorimbo, June 2014
Scripture clearly says, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Tim 1:6). How do we do that? Thankfully, we don’t have to look very far for the answers. The next few verses after the above shed useful light on this. Here are just seven insights this passage reveals about how to rekindle your charisma (spiritual gift).
SEVEN WAYS TO STIR UP YOUR GIFT
1. Resist The Spirit Of Fear (2 Tim 1:7a):
“For God has not given us a Spirit of fear…”
Don’t let a sense of inadequacy or timidity rob you of your liberty to serve God through your spiritual gift. Fear can paralyze your effectiveness. Resist that devil and he will flee (James 4:7)!
2. Receive The Holy Spirit’s Power (2 Tim 1:7b):
“…But of power…”
Ask to be filled and refilled with the Spirit regularly. Only then can you be empowered, influenced and controlled by the Spirit. Compare: Acts 1:8 and Ephesians 5:18.
3. Recognize God’s Love For You (2 Tim 1:7b):
“…And of love…”
Awareness of the Father’s love for you releases the vitality of your gifting. Ministry without the God-kind of love (agape) is pointless and futile. There’s nothing that will spur you on more than God’s love in your heart! See 2 Co 5:14 and Romans 5:5.
4. Remember Soundness Of Mind (2Tim 1:7b):
“…And of a sound mind”
Soundness of mind or self-discipline is necessary for consistent ministry. Discipline enables you to defy erratic tendencies. To be consistently effective, don’t lose your focus; don’t lose your cool. Reflect over your ministry, for after all, we have the mind of Christ (1 Co 2:16).
5. Refuse To Be Ashamed (2 Tim 1:8a):
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner…”
When you enthusiastically embrace the Gospel message and Christ’s messengers, you eliminate the possibility of your gifting’s suppression. You cannot be on fire if you are apologetic about your faith! Neither will it help you to distrust servants of God needlessly. Compare: Rom 1:16.
6. Ready Yourself For Challenges (2 Tim 1:8b):
“…But share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God…”
People who are determined to avoid pain and discomfort at any cost can never make a difference for God. No pain, no gain! Often a little pain from fasting, ridicule or persecution will rekindle your gifting.
7. Resemble Authentic Mentorship (2 Tim 1:13):
“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me…”
Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Don’t pretend that all you need is God; human mentors matter. Emulate the example of proven, tried and tested ministers. Learn from the best. You’ll also excel.