For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind
2 Timothy 1:7
One of the more remarkable traits that those of the early church inherited from Jesus was His selflessness. Here we have Paul awaiting death, but his concern was not for his own life, but for Timothy and the spreading of the gospel. At this time, the early church was still fairly young and ministerially speaking, so was Timothy.
Paul was attempting to pour into Timothy the very same thing that the church would need in order to stand and deliver for the sake of the gospel. Paul instructs Timothy to “stir up the gift of God which is in you…”. Paul was informing Timothy that he had everything he needed to make an impact for God because whatever God
commissions is attached with provision.
Timothy needed to develop what God had already given him, he needed to get busy. Secondly, Paul tells Timothy that God has not given them the “spirit of fear.” The word “fear” used by Paul is used in the context of cowardice shown on the field of battle. Cowardice during battle was a shameful act that was not looked kindly on. The gospel could never be advanced by men and women who were ruled by fear.
God needed bold men and women then, and He has sent out the call for bold men and women now. And just like Timothy, believers have been equipped to take the fight to the enemy and to be victorious. We have been given power, love, and a sound mind. We have been given the power to overcome any and all things. We have been given love, which is the greatest gift of all. And we have been given a sound mind, which gives us discipline. If we don’t have discipline, how can we discipline others? Let’s see how bold we can be for God this week, there are no excuses. Remember if you don’t use it, you will lose it. And by it, I mean the battle!
Be blessed and be encouraged!