The general condition in the church drove Paul to invest in a young man who showed potential. We must do the same! In Paul’s last letter, he wrote to Timothy and said, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Timothy 1:6). Though Paul had invested in this young man since he found him at Lystra, Timothy must keep working at making the fire for the Lord burn bright. If he didn’t, it would become dim and his influence on others would weaken and eventually be ineffective for God.
Your level of interest in the spiritual welfare of others is determined by how you are fanning “into flame the gift of God” in you. What is your spiritual temperature?