“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 God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2Timothy 1:6-7
God gifted me with words – the speaking of words and the writing of words. For years I wrote Bible studies and even Christian fiction only to share them with a select few people.
One day I was confronted with the fact that God expected me to do more with the words He was giving to me. He was pushing me to pursue publication. But, was I good enough? Could I handle publishers’ rejections which were surely to come? I was afraid – timid.
But, as the verse above illustrates, God did not give me that fear. I was letting the enemy keep me from fanning the flame of my writing gift. God had power and self-discipline and love to offer, but I had to choose those instead of my apprehension.
My first published book came out in July of 2012, and God has allowed it to encourage readers in their faith. Because I overcame the fear of using my writing gift, God has used it for His glory. This is why I was given the gift in the first place – to glorify Him.
Are you afraid to do what God has called and gifted you to do? That fear is not from Him; He would have you fan your gift into a flame to glorify Him. He will give you the power, love and self-discipline to accomplish what He calls you to do. Don’t miss out on the blessings.