2 Timothy 1:3-7
I thank God, whom I serve … 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.
Timothy was a mixed-race boy. Back then, as now, they had racial problems in the church that Timothy was pastoring; the people didn’t want to accept him. When he found that out, Paul wrote to him saying, I want to see you because I know you have been crying.
As Christians we sometimes feel that crying is a sign that we are not in faith, but that is not the case: it is a sign of our humanity. As believers we must not become too spiritual and lose touch with our humanity or we run the risk of becoming weird. Paul was not disturbed by Timothy’s tears; his trials aroused Paul’s fatherly compassion, and he started thinking about planning a trip to see him!
Notice that Paul also knew that there was generational faith in his family. He knew that the real answer would manifest through that faith, but he was coming anyway. He wasn’t coming to bring Timothy the answer; He didn’t even need to pray for him; the way forward for Timothy was to stir up the faith that he already had.
What answers are in you that you just need to stir up, but your tears are more real to you than your victory? The potential to live out the fullness of the call of God over your life is in you. You are the one who has been crying, and you are the one who must stir it up. No one else can bring that answer to you, you must decide for yourself, “This situation has to change.”
Don’t wait until you are pushed. Decide today, “From now on we live in peace. I will not chase you round the house any more, trying to have the last word.” We trust God with the things that are wrong. We are going to let Him handle the “how”. Even there is so much rejection, and although you are going through this thing, the answer is on the inside of you.
Genesis 1: 11 says, “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.”
The seed for the future of the trees and plants was in them. Everything it is going to take to perpetuate your future is in you. When God created the first tree, He didn’t have to go back and create another tree. The seed for the future of the species is in there.
You and I are loaded with everything we will ever need and everything our families will ever need. The seed is on the inside of us. Even if the challenge is causing us to cry, we must stir up our faith and believe God to anoint our hands to make solutions and answers manifest. Our breakthrough is closer than we think. Believe God today!
Heavenly Father, today I am choosing to stir up the gift of your Holy Spirit who is in me. I let faith rise as I recognize that you will bring breakthrough as I do so. I choose not to let my hands hang limp, and not to let the tears overwhelm me; I choose to believe you again today.
As I stir up the gift in me, I also believe you for human comforters who will express your heart of compassion and love towards me, as Paul did to Timothy. Thank you, Father, that you take care of every need of my humanity. You are a GOOD and WONDERFUL Father! Thank you, Lord!