Do Not Neglect Your Spiritual Gift

August 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts | 1 Comment

          I’ve been camping in the mountains with my family this week and have had no opportunity to be on line.  Those interested in my last post might like to know that I’ve added a response to one of the comments.

          While camping, I enjoyed some lazy mornings to read the Word and ponder more than usual.  I read through First and Second Timothy some of those mornings.  An interesting thing that stood out to me was that Paul told Timothy about his spiritual gift on two different occasions.  In the first letter he told Timothy, “Do not to neglect the spiritual gift within you,” and in the second he told Timothy, “kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you.”  Isn’t it surprising that he had to be reminded to use his gift on two occasions?  Maybe we have the tendency to do everything else while ignoring that for which God most created us.

           As much as I love to preach and teach, it would be easy to neglect that gift because it takes work.  It is also easy for that gift to become stale.  I can grind out sermons without ever taking time in the presence of God and hearing his word, and without ever asking how it relates to my life and the lives of my congregation.  I too need the reminder not to neglect my gift and to kindle it afresh.  Maybe we all do on occasion.  Whatever spiritual gift God has given you, don’t neglect it, use it; don’t let it go stale, kindle it afresh through God’s spirit.

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  1. I have also found this to be true.

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