2 Timothy 1:6, NLT: This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.

When you live in a place where winter arctic blasts drop the temperature to single digits, you appreciate the warmth and feel of a fluttering fire in a fireplace. It draws you near and can captivate you by its beauty. But fire doesn’t burn without fuel; and it will diminish to nothing without someone adding the wood, and stoking the coals.
The beautiful flame of the Light of Christ in us, is something that can be a lot like a flickering fire that draws people in and warms their hearts. And while lost souls look for a safe harbor in the winter of this life, the fire of God in us might be the very thing they need to find their way to Salvation. But what happens to the fire in us if we neglect to stoke the coals? We become like a lighthouse without a light; leaving souls to possibly be shipwrecked and never find their way. As Christians, we understand that we must “fan into flames the spiritual gift” that God has put in us through daily prayer, worship, and Bible reading. And so we must do so if we are to keep the flames of Christ’s light burning brightly within; drawing others near to experience the warmth and safety of God’s love.