“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Paul writes to his dear companion and “son in the faith”, Timothy. This is a farewell testament, a reminder of what is truly important at a time of conclusion. Paul makes a point of reminding Timothy of the influence of his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice, on his own life and faith and says, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God”.
Paul encourages Timothy to not be afraid, for that is not the result of the Spirit’s indwelling but to join him in suffering for the gospel. Paul adds: He has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:9,10).
The joy of this news? It’s not about us. Praise be to God, who graciously saved and called us before the beginning of time and sent Jesus to bring immortality to light!
Dear Jesus, you had it all figured out — before the universe began. You already loved me! You already had a plan for me! Your Spirit was moving! Move in me, Lord, and fan into flame the gift of God in me. Amen.