The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you” (2 Timothy 1:6). In the New King James Version, the verse is translated, “Stir up the gift of God.”
The gift is not something we learn. It is something God gave us. It is something we need to discover and then stir up. No one else can activate your gift for you. You have to do it yourself. You stir up your gift by developing, refining, enhancing, and using it.
I once read an article about Louis Armstrong, the jazz artist, who reportedly applied to go to music school when he was a young man. At his audition, he was given scales to sing, but he could sing only the first two notes properly. He was told he didn’t have what it takes to be a musician. The story said that he cried at first because he had been rejected from the music program, but that he told his friends afterward, “I know there’s music in me, and they can’t keep it out.” He eventually became one of the most successful and beloved jazz musicians ever.
What made the difference? Louis Armstrong put his life into the gift he knew he had, and this gift made room for him. He was an original, and he knew it.
You are an original, too. God said so. Do you believe it?
Father, just as Paul told Timothy to stir up the gift that was in him, I want to stir up my gift. Guide me as I step out in faith and develop my gift. Teach me how to use it with more confidence each day. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: You stir up your gift by developing, refining, enhancing, and using it.
Reading: Psalm 37–39; Acts 26
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)