2 Timothy 1:6 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.
The Apostle Paul in his first letter to his son in the faith Timothy encouraged him to stir up the gift of God which was given him by God and affirmed by the laying on of hands (and the body of elders or presbytery 1 Timothy 4:14). This is speaking of the gift for ministry and his calling for ordination which is often accompanied by the laying on of hands that sets one apart for service. The words for “stir up” literally mean to rekindle, kindle afresh, to stir into flame, and to keep blazing. The figurative speech seems to describe the act of reviving a fire that is going out and needs fanned into flame again implying that if it is not frequently stirred up, and fresh fuel added to it, will go out.
One way for sure to fan it into flame is to fill up with the Word of God. Jeremiah said, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces Jeremiah 23:29?” It is time to get ignited and stay fired up. We need to stay full of the Word of God like never before in this New Year not our memory of the Word. It is to be daily manna eaten every day, not memory. My memory of pizza won’t feed me like actually eating pizza would. What’s your Word level? The only level recommended by God is spelled out in Colossians 316, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”