Don't Be Frightened To Use God's Gifts
Timothy had some great spiritual privileges: a godly mother and grandmother, fatherly mentoring by the Apostle Paul, and their prayers. Also, Timothy had been commissioned for gospel ministry by the Apostle. But there was a risk that all of that would have no spiritual result if Timothy did not choose to actively engage with what God wanted to do in him and through him.
The younger man might have become weary in the face of opposition, or felt isolated or discouraged by Paul’s absence and imprisonment. He could have become frightened by the threats of discontent within the church and those in the city who were still stirring up trouble for the believers. Whatever the reason, Paul urged Timothy to actively use the spiritual gifts God had given him, which the Apostle had affirmed. It was not the time to be afraid and hide, but to advance with the gospel. After all, when Timothy believed in Jesus, he received the Holy Spirit, who is never afraid.
The same Holy Spirit is in you, if you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ. He has already given you gifts, and some of these may have already been recognised by leaders or other believers. Are you holding back from using what God has given you? This is no time to be afraid: the world needs the grace of God and you are expected to work with the Lord in the public square, the workplace and within your wider family. The Holy Spirit will give you the strength you need, the love to apply truth to people who need it and self-control to help you serve the Lord and not yourself. So don’t be afraid; use God’s gift for His glory.
© Dr Paul Adams