6 For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands (2 Timothy 1).
The phrase “kindle afresh” comes from one word meaning “to stir up burning embers” or even “to rouse up a horse” as if for battle. As the word “remind” suggests, this rekindling is done by remembering what God has done for you in the past. It is memories which fan the flames of faith, recollections which rouse us to spiritual service.
My, what a forgetful lot we are! It would seem that just as important as it is to learn new things, we need also to be reminded of those things we already know. Funny (or is it sad?) how we can forget those things that matter the most—especially those things which God Himself has done in our lives—here specifically, even a spiritual “gift” He has imparted to us, and the past services we have rendered through that gift.
Being the very evidences of our salvation, spiritual gifts are meant to be used in doing good works (Ephesians 2:10), and there is nothing which can be more wasted (through disuse, or misuse) than those gifts themselves. Indeed, just as our hearts and lives are most aflame when we are rightly using our spiritual gifts, so are they at their darkest when we are not.
Lord, remind us This Day of our spiritual gifts, and help us to use them for Your service, as we serve others through them. Amen.