Who doesn’t love a camp fire?
There is something beautiful about a flame. It seems as if it has a life of its own, and yet if you have ever sat around that proverbial camp fire, you know the simple realty that for the fire to do its work of bringing light and warmth, you need to to feed it.
If you don’t feed it, the fire will go out. It needs oxygen, as well as fuel and your attention. Without attention, it will wane. It will lose its warmth and light.
Paul, after commending his young protege Timothy for his sincere faith, wrote these words, “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.” (2 Timothy 1: 6).
It’s a familiar analogy Paul makes. God gifts us. Whether it be with courage to share the gospel, spiritual gifts, or perhaps innate abilities God gave you. The point is that faith is not passive. God expects us to take what He gives us and do something with it. To use it for His purposes. To grow. We see this principle in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25.
As you become aware of what God has placed in you, can I encourage you first of all to thank God. Then take heed of the words of Paul, to fan into flame what God has placed in you. Add experience, skill, and use what He has given you. Feed it and be active in your faith.
Let your life be one, like a fire, bringing light into dark places.