October has arrived and the world here in the north is ablaze with the glory of God. In the Second Reading today from Timothy 1 the beloved church members are reminded to rekindle the gift of God that is within them that they received from the laying on of hands. God did not give them a spirit of timidity or cowardice that they should hide their gifts but rather with power, love and self-discipline, they should put the gifts to use for the greater good. Holding to the standard of sound teaching that Paul has taught them, they must guard the good treasure that has been entrusted to them, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Each of us has a gift within us that God longs for us to bring to the world. It is a precious treasure that the world needs. If today we hear God’s voice, the psalmist pleads, harden not your hearts. God is calling each one of us to step forward and share whatever gift it is that we have been given. Some of us have hidden the gift for a long time, and it does require a rekindling of our faith in order to use it again. Sometimes it is because we have been hurt and we do not wish to risk again. Other times, we have been distracted by something else and forgotten our true purpose in life. Various reasons prevent us from guarding the good treasure that belongs to God. As the Apostles demand in the Gospel, so must we say Increase our faith! We must believe that God is labouring with us and through us to bring about the reign of God. Is your gift in need of rekindling?
Does a spirit of timidity or cowardice prevent you from using the treasure God has given you?
How can you rekindle the gift if necessary?
You have given all to me, O God – a good treasure entrusted in love. May I use the gift for your glory, and rekindle it when I become timid and afraid With the help of the Holy Spirit, may I serve you with joy and thanksgiving. Amen.