One of my favorite quotes comes from C. T. Studd, who said:
“When I die, I want all of Hell to throw a banquet in my honor that I am no longer in the fight for Christ.”
His prayer was that hell would be relieved for him to go to heaven, because he was impacting lost souls for Christ. Studd also shared
“Some want to live within the sound of a church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”
His passion has inspired me most of my Christian life.
Raising Up the Next Generation of Christian Leaders
I pray daily that God will help Crossroads to raise up the next C. T. Studd. It is my consistent dialogue with God that Crossroads would be responsible for educating, developing, and sending out world changers to impact a multiethnic urban world for Christ. I pray that God will raise up the next generation of great leaders who will impact this generation with the Gospel of Jesus.
It’s my prayer that you will be the answer to my prayer.
Paul said to Timothy:
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Timothy 1:6-12).
Fan the flame.
Fan it, Timothy. Fan it. Fan this flame! Because if you don’t, it will go out.
Don’t quench this spirit, Timothy. It is a gift from God. Fan it till it is white-hot. Fan it till it is all ablaze.
Everything else in this passage serves to explain and empower that fanning, that gift, that courage, that speaking and suffering for that gospel. Timothy, keep fanning the white-hot flame of God’s gift—of unashamed courage to speak openly of Christ and to suffer for the gospel.
Fan the flame.
How Do You Fan the Flame?
1. Attend Crossroads Bible College if God has put a call on your life for His service.
Come to Crossroads where the professors can speak into your life and fan your flame. If you leave a fire unattended, it can cause damage to the whole forest.
Adding godly teachers in your life can keep your fire in control. Keep your fire well attended, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2. Keep Fanning it.
Second, I add the phrase “keep fanning.” Keep fanning the flame. The reason for this is that Paul’s point is not that Timothy has grown cool and needs one good hot fix. That is not the point. The present tense (verse 6, anazopurein) for the verb “fan into flame” is continuous, ongoing action. So Timothy, keep fanning the flame…Fan it. Fan it. Flames go out without continuous fuel.
3. Begin daily devotions.
Study heroes of the faith. Let the stories of Scripture fan your flame. Set concrete times for all your quiet times, devotions, and prayer times. This will increase the likelihood of sticking to your schedule.
It is important to keep stoking the fire, to keep adding firewood. It is important to collect firewood throughout your whole life.
4. Add accountability.
Accountability is like oxygen. A fire must have oxygen to continue burning. Put the right people around you at all times that are like oxygen to your flame.
Crossroads: A Place to Fan Your Flame for Christ
If you need to restart a fire that has gone out, let us add embers to your flame. Let Crossroads add tinder and kindling to your flame. I believe Crossroads is a great place to have your fire stoked.
They asked John Wesley why crowds of people come to hear him preach. He simply responded:
“I light myself on fire with the Holy Spirit and people come watch me burn.”
It’s my prayer that you are attracting crowds of people because your flame is bright, hot, warming, and contagious.