The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands” (II Tim. 1:6).
What does it mean to “stir up the gift of God?” Lewis Timberlake in It’s Always Too Soon to Quit, writes about John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Wesley weighed only 127 pounds, rose each morning at 5:00am, and rode everyday by horseback through the English countryside, seeking people to hear his message. “Some days he rode up to sixty miles in a day, quite an accomplishment at that time. Many nights, he could still be found preaching at midnight – energetic, enthusiastic, unexhausted.”
“Twelve thousand people once heard John Wesley preach all day. They came by foot, oxcart, horseback, and carriage to the open air meeting.” “Once, a man was so touched by Wesley’s message that he rushed through the crowd, grabbed Wesley, and said, ‘Dr. Wesley, you’re a phenomenal speaker. Thousands came here today to hear you speak. What’s your secret?'”
“Wesley replied, ‘I don’t know, son. I just set John Wesley on fire, and people come to see him burn!'”
“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8).
Friends, don’t expect a spontaneous combustion to occur. God will bless you today only as you set yourself on fire.
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