2 Timothy 1:5-7 I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 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.
For many young people in America these are trying times. They have been challenged with economic uncertainty, insulted with injustice, and struggling with their faith. A few generations ago their grandparents had similar struggles as they fought for civil rights. The difference between them is the utilization of their faith.
The same power that pushed us through hard economic times, racism, injustice during the end of the 20th century is still inside the millennials as they fight similar battles in the 21st century.
Paul tells young Timothy that, “I am reminded of the sincere faith that lived in your Grandmother, your mama, and it is still alive in you!” Three generations of spiritual power.
That power is still in this generation. It’s just dormant. However you can see it being stirred. Adversity has a way of fueling our faith. If you are facing hard times and you feel powerless here’s what you need to do:
- Fan into flames the gift of God that is in you. The imagery Paul uses is that if a fire that is about to go out but there is still some hot embers that need to be stoked. Everything you need is in you. You were taught about God. Somebody prayed for you. Now stir up what is already in you.
- Stir up your Power. The Holy Spirit is in you. It is the Power of God. God will put his Super on your natural. You will be able to do the things Jesus did. Jesus told his disciples, “Greater works will you do than I have done!”
- Stir up your love! This love is that agape love. It’s a love that is moved by compassion towards justice. This is a God based love that enables us to love the unlovable and seek the best for others.
- Stir up your self-discipline. You have within you the ability to delay self-gratification for something bigger. There is a purpose that transcends your immediate gratification you have to say no to something so you can say yes to greater.
The World is waiting on you to use your faith. We need you. If you don’t stand up nobody else will stand up. You are the change we’ve been looking for. It’s in you!
Thanks for reminding me that it’s still in me! The same faith that was in my Grand-mama, and my mama is still in me. Stir up the Holy Ghost in me today. Help me to love better, to serve better, and give better. I’m looking for an opportunity to use my gift today for your Glory.
In Jesus Name,