Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
God Has Given Everyone A Gift
Before you can stir up your gift, you have to know that you have a gift and you must know what the gift is.
God has given everyone a gift to use to enhance the kingdom of God. According to 1 Peter, 4:10, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." If you use your gift, it glorifies God and edifies others.
"Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God. (2 Timothy 1:6)
Stir Up Your Own Gift
You are to stir up your own gift. There is no need to be jealous over other people's gifts. You should be so busy stirring up your gift that you won't have time to try to stir up someone else's gift.
Interesting Things About the Gift God Gives
- Your gift is not something you give yourself.
- God gives you the gift He wants you to have.
- You need to discover your own gift and then stir it up.
- No one else can activate and stir up your gift for you. You have to do it yourself.
- You stir up your gift by continuing to develop, refine, enhance, and use it.
How To Stir Up Your Own Gift
You are commanded to stir up your own gift. You shouldn't try to stir up another person's gift, and you shouldn't allow someone else to try to stir your gift. If that happens, you will never operate in your gift the way God wants you to.
A spiritual gift should build up, edify and encourage people by empowering them to share God's work with others. Timothy's spiritual gift was already within him and was part of his faith similar to his mother and grandmother's.
Paul encouraged Timothy to continue to use the gift that was within him to raise up leaders in the local churches he oversaw.
Your Gift Is Within You
When Louis Armstrong went to his first audition, he could sing only two notes. He was rejected, but he did not give up because he knew his gift was within him. Today, he goes down in history as been a famous trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor. He was one of the most influential figures in jazz with a career that spanned five decades from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Like Louis Armstrong, affirm that your gift is within you. Then stir it up so it can help others in the Kingdom of God.
Use Your Gift (2 Timothy 1:6)
Remember to stir up your gift and use it. Paul reminded Timothy about what God had done in him. Therefore, Timothy could think back to when and how God saved him and filled him with His Spirit.
Don't Be Afraid To Use Your Gift (2 Timothy 1:7)
Paul assured Timothy that God had not given him the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
In other words, Timothy was encouraged to not be afraid because the Spirt of God did not give him the spirit of fear. Instead, God had given Timothy the spirit of three things:
- sound mind
Share the Gospel (2 Timothy 1:8)
Paul told Timothy to share in the sufferings of the gospel. Timothy was also told to stay with those he served through the good and bad times.
Paul reminded Timothy to not be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord. Paul encouraged his spiritual son to preach the gospel as well as to raise up disciples and leaders within the local churches he was entrusted to shepherd.
Timothy was keep the fire of the empowering Holy Spirit lit within him by using his gift.
Embrace Sound Teaching (2 Timothy 1:13)
Stay true to sound teaching, according to 2 Timothy 1:15. Remember the teachings concerning love, faith, joy, peace, forgiveness and other disciplines taught by Jesus and Paul. Do not compromise the Word of God.
Study and obey the word of God, according to 2 Timothy 2:15. Continue a lifetime of study within your gift. Seek instruction and mentoring. Attend seminars and read without ceasing. Feed your gift on a daily basis.
Guard Your Gift (2 Timothy 1:14)
Guard your gift. Paul told Timothy to guard his gift instead of using it haphazardly. He was told to use it joyfully for its intended use. In reference to his gift, Timothy was also told to treasure it, protect it, and walk humbly with it while glorifying Jesus.
Use Your Gift (1 Peter 4:10)
Paul is not the only one who spoke about one's spiritual gift. Peter also was very clear when he said:
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms (I Peter 4:10).
God has given everyone a gift to serve others. Our gifts are like lights not to be hidden under a bushel but on a hill so all can see how to find their way in a dark world. Refusing to be a good manager of the gift God has given us goes against God's word. Therefore, it is sin.
Notice that both Paul and Peter use the word "gift" in the singular. In other words, if you use the one gift God has given you, that one gift can spread out to other gifts.
Just as one tree has many branches, use the gift God has given you to serve other in related areas. There should be similar gifts branching out from your main gift. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
- The Beauty of God's Grace
The word “grace” itself appears in the Bible more than 170 times. And then there is the concept of God’s grace seen throughout the Bible. Almost every New Testament writer attested to the grace of God in some way.
- Eating Customs in the Bible
The Bible covers many different eating customs. There are some interesting things concerning eating in the Bible. Most people don't recognize the eating motifs as customs.
Interesting Things About Stirring Up Your Gift
The Bible tells us several things about the gift God has given.
- Everyone has been given a gift of some kind. That gift is not for selfish purposes. That gift is to serve others.
- Through our gifts, we should faithfully administer God's grace. That means we should use our gifts joyfully and faithfully without complaining.
- Use the gift God has given you in various forms and God's grace will show up in various forms. For example, the gift of teaching can be used whenever a teachable moment presents itself. Teaching should not be confined to the classroom. Use your gifts whenever and wherever to serve others.