Serve One Another With Whatever Gift You Have Received!

It is easy to think that whatever unique skill-sets we may have that they just come naturally and will always be there. Each of us is blessed in peculiar ways. One of the things I have observed about life is that nothing lasts forever, and, the special skills and gifts that each person has is given freely from God.

The athlete might believe that it is they who rightly so has fine-tuned their body to perform at premium levels, but who gave you the body, the DNA, the mind, to push yourselves to the upper limits of performance? God! The musician may sing and play at unbelievably tremendous levels, but who was it who made it possible? It is none other than God!

Peter writes that we should share the gifts we have received by serving one another:

1 Peter 4: 10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.[1]

This passage is part of a larger section that Peter writes about stewardship of the gifts God has given to us. I feel it is worth reading the larger section because what he is saying is that our gifts come from God and you and I are called upon to share those gifts with others. The two women in the photo with me are Lisa Reeves and Ebony Lola Dixon. They are relatives. I forget if they are cousins or aunt and niece, but they are related in some way. We took this photo one night last week when our church housed and fed 38 homeless persons. Both Lisa and Ebony work jobs outside of home, but last week they stopped by the church after work to feed and interact with the homeless. In my opinion, these two women are good examples of what Peter is talking about when he challenges his readers to “Share the gifts they have received.”

1 Peter 4: The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. [2]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  • What are the gifts you have received from God?
  • What does it take to “Serve someone” with the gifts you have received from God?

 

Prayer: Lord, grant me the wisdom to recognize the gifts you have bestowed upon me. Make me generous and kind in my efforts to share with others. Teach me to share without being haughty and condescending. Help me to give with no thought of repayment. Lord, I thank you for the manifold ways you have blessed me. Teach me this day to share my gifts with those in need. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

 

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (1 Pe 4:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (1 Pe 4:7–11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.