WEEK 44 – Gifts Within
“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” – Mother Teresa
Overview: You have a gift. Why? Because God has given you one. You have been placed on this earth with a purpose. God has equipped every one of us with the necessary gifts we need in order to impact the world for His glory. If our gifts have been dormant, we are commanded, like Timothy, to “stir up the gift” (v. 6). Secondly, we must have a boldness for God. We cannot be ashamed of His Word, but instead are instructed to boldly declare the “testimony of our Lord” (v. 8) and not allow fear to stop us. Fear is a spirit that will dishearten and cripple our efforts if we allow it. The devil wants to prevent us from operating in our gifts and calling through fear, but remember the spirit that God gives–power, love and a sound mind (v. 7). Like Timothy, follow Paul’s example to overcome opposition by having confidence that God will keep what He has committed to you (v.12).
Memory Verse: 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 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. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. 15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: 17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. 18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to be unashamed of this gospel and to stir up the gift that You’ve given to me. Help me to conquer the spirit of fear so I can effectively do a work in Your kingdom. Teach me how to love like You love and help me to realize the power that dwells inside of me.