2 Timothy 1:1-7 NKJV
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Genesis 2:7 MSG
God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul!
The Bible is the only book written in antiquity that is still relevant today.
• You don’t read the Bible; the Bible reads you.
You can’t be stuck up, arrogant, saved AND read Genesis 2:7. You didn’t come from some celestial substance. You came from nothing but dirt. It’s interesting how much we do with our dirt: wash it, perfume it, make it look nice, et cetera. Dirt has bad connotations but God does everything with beauty and splendor. So what does this mean?
• We serve a God who is holy but is not afraid to work with things that are dirty. He breathes into the dirt that no one else wants to touch.
God turns a great mess into greatness.
Dirt is the only substance conducive to seed.
• God is a great Gardner. Although you came from dirt, there is a seed inside of you — AND, that seed is your gift.
2 Timothy is the last thing that Paul wrote. So Paul writes this knowing he will die.
• There’s something about the consciousness of death that will clarify what’s important to someone.
• Ultimately that is all that matters in life: what did you do with your gift?
• God is saying, “Are you exhaling what I inhaled into you?” What if God shows you when you get to heaven what you did in comparison to what you could’ve done?
• If you ain’t helping, you ain’t helping.
Robert Madu tells a story about how his father helped him plant a peach tree. He put the seed in the ground but didn’t do anything after that and expected a peach tree the next day. He thought his father lied to him about getting a peach tree when he didn’t see a peach tree growing within a couple of days. His father asked him if he did anything to that seed after he planted it. He said he didn’t. His father told him that he needed to water the seed.
• Sometimes we feel like God lied about the fact that He put a seed/gift inside of us because we don’t see it immediately. BUT! God didn’t lie. You just have to stir up the gift inside of you and as soon as you stir it you’ll see what you’ve never done before. It is not all on God. It’s a collaboration between God and man to get what’s inside of you out of you to accomplish His purpose and His plan. Stir past your past, what other people think about you, depression, et cetera. And once you begin to stir it up, you’ll understand that there’s gold in the garbage. No one knows there’s a gift in your dirt apart from the person who put it there. So of course haters aren’t gonna know it’s there because they didn’t put your gift there.
Every single person has a gift. Do you know what it is?
• “There are two important days in your life: the day you were born and the day you find out why you were born.”
• People have different gifts: singing, smiling, encouragement, looking good... Some people don’t know they have a gift because the church tends to highlight the stage gifts — preaching, singing, et cetera. BUT! you have a gift in the marketplace, as a doctor, et cetera.
• The day you identify your gift is when all hell will break lose in your life. The devil hates when people know what they’re gift is.
• Jesus was crucified not because He said He was the Christ (many people in those days claimed to be the Christ), but because He flowed in His gifts. He started healing people, doing miracles, etc.
3 Entities That Are After Your Gift:
1) God wants your gift.
• He’s the one who put it in you. He wants a return on His investment.
• He put the gift in you because He knows what you can handle. He gives gifts in different levels.
• He says to bring your gift to Him and He’ll show you what need you can fulfill.
2) The enemy—Satan—wants your gift.
•The enemy wants you to use your gift for you. He’ll tell you, “Do you, Boo Boo.”
• Satanism is just selfishness. But you can’t handle your gift. You need to give it back to the Giver so it can flow at its optimal level.
3) Other people want your gift.
• Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Gifts are attractive. But when you enter into a relationship, you don’t just get the gift, you get the dirt. People can handle your gift, but not many people can handle your dirt.
Most people go through life showing their gift and hiding their dirt. You need to learn how to balance your gift and your dirt.
• Our hearts’ desire is for someone who will see our gift and see our dirt and love us anyway.
• Don’t make the mistake and think that you are your gift. We live in a culture that celebrates gifts.
• Most of us have a problem trying to handle our gift and our dirt because we’re trying to handle it. But freedom and liberty begins when we put them in the hands of someone who can handle it and created it in the first place.
• Life is predicated in whose hands you put something in. If you put paint and a paintbrush into an ordinary person’s hands, you’ll get something ordinary. But if you put those things in Da Vinci’s hands, you’ll get a masterpiece. If you put a hammer and nails in our hands, you might get a birdhouse. Put a hammer and nails in Jesus’ hands? You get salvation, healing, joy...