Gifts In Service To Others
We all have unique talents and gifts. Some of us have been given the gift of song, others the gift of speech, others the gift of our hands, others the gift of prophesy, others the gift of empathy, others the gift of wisdom and understanding, and there are many others. And as we approach Christmas, we should recognize these as gifts from God our Father.
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“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10
God has given us all gifts for a reason. Just like a well-thought out gift we would receive from someone that we love, they would not give us a gift and expect it to not be used and enjoyed. Even more, the gifts that God has given us were for a specific purpose. These gifts are not to boost our egos and reputation, but for the purpose of serving others for the glory of God. Only then will our true joy and value of our gifts be revealed.
When we use our gifts as they were intended by God, that is when we are walking in alignment with our purpose. When we don’t we are being disobedient to God’s Will. And when we are not using our gifts, not only do we suffer, but so does the whole body of Christ since we are all connected and members of the same body of Christ. And when we do not use our gifts, our Father in heaven is not glorified by our gifts.
Let us be thankful for our gifts, and use them as God intended, for the benefit of the body of Christ, and for His glory. Amen.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Thank you for the gifts that you have given us. Help us to use them for your glory. Help us to realize that not only do we suffer by not walking in your Will, but so does the whole body of Christ. Help us to get out of our own Way. Let your light shine in us Lord. Let us run the race and finish strong. Wash us clean, make us new. We give all the honor and glory and praise to You, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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