“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 the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:6-7
Close your eyes and let this verse burn an image deep in your mind. One of the elements that all fires need to keep burning is oxygen or air. When this Scripture talks about fanning the flame, imagine a gust of wind feeding a wild fire, causing the fire to burn higher, stronger, and hotter than before! Without fuel, fires will slowly begin to fade and will even die down to nothing but embers. If you have ever been camping or to a bonfire, then you know it takes intention and consistency keep a fire going through the night. Even the positioning of the logs on the fire can determine just how much air will be able to circulate and fuel the fire, therefore determining just how hot the fire will get and how long the fire will burn. The same thing goes for the fire that is in us!
Paul specifically refers to fan into flame the gift of God in us. So what is the gift He is referring to? Many of us may be tempted to think that this was referring to the talents or gifts that each one of us has been given and rightfully so. Our giftings can come in all shapes and sizes whether is it singing, teaching, encouraging, art, sports, cooking, or dancing All gifts are unique in that they all represent a small and beautiful facet of our Heavenly Father. But I do not believe that is what Paul is referring to here. Notice that he uses the word “gift” not gifts. Each one of us were given many talents and gifts that we will use throughout our life, but Paul makes it a point to use the specific word “gift” here. So once again what is the gift that he is wanting us to stir up here? Could it be simply be the gift of knowing Him? The gift of living a life in relationship with Him? The gift of hearing His voice and following His lead? The gift that is greater than any other gift…the gift of God Himself, the gift of our King!
The words “fan into flame” come from the Greek word anamimnesko which is made up of two parts. Ana which means again or to repeat something. The second part mimnesko means to be reminded of something, such as a memory. When we put these powerful words together they give us the image of replaying something over and over again, much like you would do with your favorite part of a movie or song. There are simply some memories that we must never forget! The powerful love of a heavenly Father that sent His only son to pay the price for our sins in one of those memories. The promise of the Holy Spirit to us is another. In order to be sure that these memories do not grow cold we must “replay” them over and over again. Rekindling the love and joy that we felt the day that God gave us the gift of our salvation, or when we received the power of the Holy Spirit, or recalling the moments of His divine faithfulness will keep you passionate and on fire for Him even after decades of walking with Him.
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – Papillion
Take some time to “replay” the events of your life, to remember the the moments when the Father began to transform you, recall the times when Holy Spirit faithfully directed or spoke to you…write them down. When you do this you are solidifying His faithfulness in your life and causing the fire inside you to burn a little brighter. When we fan the flames we increase our passion for Him, for His purposes, and for His kingdom.