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KNOWING YOURSELF

April 30, 2015

Thursday

 

2 Timothy 1:5-7

 

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 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 God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul rejoiced over Timothy’s genuine, “sincere faith,” that his remaining faithful to the Lord for so long had proven. Timothy’s faith was pure, unmixed with distrust and unbelief. In view of the quality of Timothy’s faith, Paul urged his younger friend not to neglect, but instead “kindle afresh” the use of his God-given abilities for the service of Christ. Any person can become less effective in the exercise of his abilities if he or she does not use them regularly. This was Paul’s concern. He wanted Timothy to keep active. He was not implying that Timothy’s gift had left him.

Every Christian minister needs at times to return to the inspiration of his ordination, to be reminded not only of the greatness of his calling, but also of the adequacy of the divine grace which enables him to perform it.

Timothy knew God. He knew God’s will, and he knew God’s power. This he learned at an early age from a mother and grandmother whose faith had immensely influenced him. By it he had been led to Christ. Now Paul urged this young pastor to let that legacy of faith be the impetus for his ministry.

Whose faith in Christ has influenced you the most? Be thankful for that influence, and be encouraged to continue serving the Lord. Know that He will work through you to accomplish His will just as He has worked through countless others. Who have you influenced with your faith?

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 9:34

 

 

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