In 'The Matrix', one of my favourite parts in the movie is when everyone is telling Neo he is 'The One', that he has the gift... but he doesn't see it. He underestimates himself. But, just in time, Neo finally discovers that he has this great gift - that he has the power to overcome the enemy.
He gets the revelation that he has a gift and he steps into it. He stops the bullets, and goes after Agent Smith.
God has given us something and that something will have a huge impact as we begin to use it.
2 Timothy 1:6-9
I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.
There is a gift in you. It is a gift that God has given you for his purpose but it is not yet developed. Paul reminds us to fan into flame the gift because it needs development.
We need to fan it. Which is what we do when a fire is just taking hold - we blow on it! The breath is the Holy Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit blow upon your gift.
Through the laying on of my hands. Leaders help develop the gifts in our lives. Make sure someone is speaking into your life! You need to let kingdom development take place and some people never get their gift going because they won't allow themselves and their gifts to be developed.
4 Ways to get your gift going
1 Discover your gift
Once you have the revelation that you have a gift, we should be eager to discover what we have been given and what our gift is! Do the spiritual gifts test and find out!
A few years ago when I got Dylan a PSP (Play station portable) for his birthday, he didn't hold back! He realised: 'I have a great gift from dad!'. He ripped it open, plugged it in and was playing within minutes! There was no 'but I'm not sure if I'm ready... Maybe when my life is sorted out I will use my gift...'.
Don't hold back!
2 Pick up your gift
Start using your gift! This is what you were created to do: to use your God given gifts. It is a gift with great effect.
In The Matrix, Neo starts using his gift and all of a sudden he is winning the battle. The same will happen with you. Your gift has been given so that you will win battles for the kingdom of God.
1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect your gift which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
If you have neglected your gift - pick it up and do something with it! When I picked up my gift, it turned my life around from drifting around in the world, to having a purpose.
3 Develop your gift
'Through the laying on of my hands'. Allow leaders to speak into your life and your gift will increase! Listen to what they say, get some input and develop it. Practice makes perfect - get your gift working to its full potential! It is so sad to see so much potential sitting in people who never develop what they have. Stir it up and be the best you can be.
4 Serve with your gift
1 Peter 4:10-11 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
Your gift will come alive when you use it for what it was meant for: to serve others.
This is where your gift will become strong: as you use it to serve.
This is one of the keys to life: use your gift to help people, administering God's grace.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Don't go to fear, go to faith! God has given you a spirit of power! God has raised you up to have a spirit of power, not a spirit of fear. People live in fear because they live in their own strength because the task is too great. but as you take up your gift, you take up a spirit of power.
Don't look down upon yourself. You would be surprised at what God has planned for your life. The enemy wants to undermine your gift because if you step into it, you will be mighty.
Let us not back down from what God has called us to do.
We are called to make a stand for him. We have got a job to do today around our nation. Our nation needs people of God to rise up with power, unashamed of the gospel. Leaders with the gift of God, developed and ready.
This month, fan into flame the gifts of God!