1 Peter 4:10 — Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms (NIV).
Another version says each one of us has been given a special gift (NASB). You’ve probably received numerous gifts in your lifetime, but have you ever been given a present that was very dear to you? Maybe it was a piece of jewelry from your spouse, or perhaps one of your children made you something. Got it yet?
Several Christmases ago, I received a brand new laptop from my wife for Christmas. Needless to say, it was very special to me for multiple reasons. First of all, I needed it. My old one had various problems from missing keys to a broken disk drive. Also, writing is one of my passions, and the new laptop allowed me to do so more efficiently. I loved it!
It was also an expensive piece of equipment, so I protected it well. Truth be told, I really didn’t want anyone (other than Heidi of course) to touch it or be anywhere near it. I guess you could say I was selfish when it came to my new laptop. I kept it hidden in a secure place, and I only took it out when I wanted to use it. Surely you can relate to what I’m saying on some level.
This is how many people are when it comes to the gifts and talents God has graciously given them. They keep their special gift safely stowed away until an opportunity presents itself that profits them personally. This is not how God wants us to act.
His desire is for you to serve others with the abilities He’s blessed you with. If you excel in a particular trade, offer your services to your local church or even your neighbors. If you are good with a mop and vacuum, help clean after a special event. Whatever your gift, use it to serve those around you.
1 Peter 4:11 — If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides (NIV).
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