Nurturing the passion
Paul wrote to the Corinthians and the Ephesians regarding spiritual gifts. Each of us are equipped and gifted by the Holy Spirit for God’s kingdom. Isn’t that amazingly cool! Every single one of us is gifted in Christ. Wow and wahoo!
Unfortunately, in the turbulence of the world’s difficulties, life becomes too busy, too hard, too painful, and many have allowed their giftings and passion to grow cold. Paul reminded Timothy to stir up, rekindle the embers, fan the flame, and keep burning the gracious gift of God, the inner fire.
What we are given by God, we need to be diligent to be good servants and stewards of those gifts and blessings. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” When we love someone, we want to do things for them and spend time with them. Love prompts action and a desire to nurture that love.
When we cherish our love of God, our love and passion grows for God, and we want to spend time with Him and please Him. What God gives us in gifts and blessings are to be used to gift and bless others, and when we do, we are blessed.
What gifts has God given you, what blessings have you received? Has your passion grown cold? Are you unsure of your calling? Spend time with God and His word and let His holy fire rekindle the coals of your heart.
Heavenly Father, ignite in us a holy longing to spend time with You, to read Your word and obey You. Open our eyes to see and our ears to hear so that we may follow You. Holy Spirit, blow on the coals of our hearts and reignite our passion to burn bright for You!
“Stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:6 (AMPC)
Read God’s Word, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” ~ Hebrews 4:12 (AMPC)
Beautiful, Lisa. And my word for the year is Love.
Wonderful, Julie! You are such a sweetheart. Love you, sweet friend! So hope we get to see one another this year! xoxo
Wow, this is what the subject we’re on in our Bible study group earlier today. I just came home from a good discussion. Now, I get to read it again. Wow, God is good. He never let me miss what he’s trying to say to me. Thank you for being part of His wonderful plan. XOXO
Thank you, sweet Tess! God is So good! Hugs and blessings to you! Love you! XOXO
Hey, sweetie! Was trying to catch on your last few posts. I wanted to leave comments but it wouldn’t let me. So glad I can on this one. Yes, it is so important to be diligent as good servants and stewards of the gifts the Lord has placed within us. Praying for you, my sweet friend. So glad you’re home now! 😀
Thank you, sweet Lynn! I had to lock down the comments on my website because of all the spam attacks. 🙁 Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are doing well. Hugs to you! XOXO