We can persevere with confidence when we know our role is to simply love God and others. Christ’s role is to save us and give us a purpose that extends beyond our small vision of the world. As we follow Jesus daily, He transforms us?while?using us to encourage others as we share His love and truth wherever He sends us.
Knowing our Power-Source personally gives us confidence in our role as servants to the King.
Sometimes I still fail to recognize that God-the only perfect One, the only One who can change hearts and lives-transforms us over time. Then the Holy Spirit reminds me how Paul encouraged Timothy to embrace his on-the-job training, persevere in faith, and use the gifts God had given him (2 Timothy 1:6). Timothy could be courageous because God, his power source, would help him love and be disciplined as he continued to grow and serve those within his sphere of influence (v. 7).?
What does it mean to “fan into flame” our gift? One key is to acknowledge God in everything. Perhaps we need to trust Him in a big trial. We may need to acknowledge Him in “trivial” matters. As we give Him our huge challenges and the aggravating details, He completes His work in us. He loves us enough to work on us for a lifetime.
Of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.?2 Timothy 1:11