I read a sentence like : Paul urges Timothy to "fan into flame the gift of God." That means Timothy must stir up, keep alive, exercise the gift God has given.
In the sentence, what does the "fan into flame....." exactly mean? is it a idiom? Please help me to explain it, and give some examples.
Thank you in advence.
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It menas to turn the gift of God into a brighter more powerful thing, like a fire growing.