Fresh Hope – 4th November 2019

Some time ago, a guy walked up to me and told me that he felt that I had stopped using a gift that God had given me.

 

At first, I was taken back and even pretty annoyed that someone who was not really even in my life had spoken to me like this, but after a time I started to mull over the sentiment of his words.

His approach had been made with kindness and humility, and therefore I felt that his assessment should at least be given some consideration.

Of course, not everyone that speaks into your life should be given the time of day, otherwise we’d be all be taken off track by some very weird and unwise characters that are around but something about this guy’s message to me rang true, and as I pondered it for a few days, I began to see that it was actually something sent to help me rather than harm me.

Messengers come in all shapes and sizes, and at first glance some people can look nothing like ideal material to give you a much needed jolt. However, even a quick flick through the Bible will reveal that this was often the case. Interestingly, on the flip side, the one guy that you would think ‘looked the part’ and had the credibility to speak into Jesus’ life, was dismissed with the words ‘get behind me Satan’. Those words were spoken by Jesus to one of his closest disciples, namely Peter.

We can, without knowing it, let the gifts that God has given us lie dormant and unused.

 

How are those gifts brought back to life, we may well ask?

 

Is it not sometimes by someone willing to be honest with us, leading us to stir ourselves once again in that department?

 

At this time of the year, we start to buy logs ready for our open fire in the lounge. It’s such a great centrepiece for any home, but the truth is if you walk out of the room and forget about it, the fire can start to die down and eventually die out. For every winter evening that we get to sit in front of the fire, I have to work at keeping it alive by fanning it back into flame and keeping it well stocked.

 

I’ve realised afresh this week that when I don’t keep my gift alive I am actually depriving many people from receiving what God has for them through me.

 

Maybe like me, you need a gentle reminder today to ‘fan into flame’ the gift that is within you.

 

2 Timothy 1:6-7 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.

Pastor Mark

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