Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2 Timothy 1:6 (KJV) All Stirred Up

2 Timothy 1:6 (KJV)
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Timothy had a gift. It wasn’t a mere talent nor was it a skill. It was something that once he did not have, was imparted to him by another and was purchased by another. Timothy’s gift was, I believe, his calling into the ministry and his equipping for that ministry.
It was a gift of GodThe ministry is not a vocational choice. Though if a man desires it he desires a good work, yet, he ought not to enter into it without clear direction from God.
It was given by Paul’s handsThis is where the idea of ordination originates and I grieve that modern day preachers tend to view it as a formality rather than a spiritual operation. One could claim that this work of Paul involved his years of training. I do not doubt that. But it is more than that. It is reminiscent of Elisha’s receiving Elijah’s mantel.
It must be stirred upThe phrase means to re-kindle. Every Christian, including those who are not called into pastoral ministry, has a gift of God. The gift is developed through the ministry of preachers and it requires out personal maintenance.
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2 Timothy 1:6 (KJV) All Stirred Up

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