By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“Some convert the lost. Some encourage the saved. And some keep the movement going. All are needed.” – Max Lucado
Have you ever met someone whose spiritual gifts are real and obvious? Have you ever met someone who by simply living, they project a gift that God had given them?
Maybe they are just so good at making people feel welcome and at home. Or maybe they are really good at cooking or baking. Or maybe they are good at relating to other people. There are so many different spiritual gifts that are prominent in so many different people.
It’s easy to see those people and be thankful for them and the gift they were given. But, it’s also easy to be jealous that we hadn’t been given a spiritual gift. We can grow weary because it seems like we don’t really have a talent or gift that God has given us.
Here’s the truth:
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11).
The truth of the matter is that each of you has a spiritual gift that when used through the power of the Holy Spirit, in the act of service, can allow you to be a faithful steward of God’s grace to the lost, the lonely, the poor and needy.
If you feel like you don’t have a gift, you should look at the verse above again.
This verse in 1 Peter doesn’t say, “Some of you should use the spiritual gift you have.” It says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.” Each of us has a spiritual gift that we are called to use in the act of service.
If you can’t figure out what your gift is, maybe it is time to start serving. In the act of serving, your gift will become obvious to you and to the people around you.
What’s amazing is that your gift doesn’t have to come from your own strength. According to this verse, whenever you use your gift in the act of service, you serve with the strength that God provides.
When you serve with the gift that you have been given and when you serve with the strength that God provides, God gets the glory and the praise. Why? Because you are only a vessel of His grace to the people you are serving. He is providing the strength and the gift, so that means He should get the glory.
Find ways to serve in your everyday life. Pray that God would open opportunities in your workplace or in your school for you to begin serving those around you. Pray that God would provide you with the strength to use your gift in a way that He gets all the glory.
Parents: Find ways for your family to serve this month.