Fighting for Faith with a Fan
When going to war or defending his family, a man would be silly to arm himself with the bellows from his fireplace. An accordion with a kazoo on the end simply won’t strike fear in any enemy, however weak, small, and outnumbered. How much power can there be in small, manual puffs of air?
But what if the enemy is Satan? And our bellows is blowing the life-sustaining, hope-inspiring oxygen of God’s promises in the gospel? That changes everything. When Paul wants to instill strength, courage, and perseverance in the face of persecution, he tells his young disciple Timothy, “Fan the flame.”
Don’t Let Faith Die
Timothy, says Paul, your mother and grandmother believed, and they built the kindling of unshakable truth at the base of your life. I’ve seen your faith. Grab the bellows. Tend the flame. Care for it. Blow on it. The fires of our faith in…