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7th Oct 2021

Gifted to serve

Gifted to serve

Through his grace & favour the Lord has bestowed grace gifts upon EACH of His children.
These gifts are to be used in His service to bless others.
Along with the gift God supplies the strength & resources for us to function fully & well in those gifts.
It is our responsibility to make sure we do.

The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others?
Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.
All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11 NLT

God bestows a great variety of differing gifts.
They are all important & each different gift has a vital role to play in His service.
Many gifts but from the gracious & generous hand of the same giver.
Many gifts but one common purpose – to bless others & bring glory to God.
Our gifts can make room for us & even promote us (Proverbs 18:16) but God must always get the glory (Isaiah 42:8).
We must stay humble when operating in the gifts we are given from above.
Humble, honest service is the way of the master Jesus Christ.
All for God’s Glory.

Two modes of operating through the variety of gifts God gives are outlined here.
Speaking & serving. The gifts use both words & works to express themselves.
As we are faithful in the words & works God will supply the wonders.
Words, works & wonders that glorify the Lord.

There are therefore things I must say, alongside things I must do, if I am to faithfully serve through my grace gift.
The indwelling empowering Spirit will give me the strength to do both.
May I truly be a good & faithful servant.


For Reflection:

Do I believe that the gift/s God has graced me with are truly significant?


Am I willing to step out with courage & boldness with my God given gifts?


Meditate on the speaking & serving, saying & doing aspect of serving through our spiritual gifts.


A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the purpose & power of the great gifts that flow from Your gracious hand,
Teach & train us to use them well,
Help us to be faithful through words & works,
That You might do wonders to glorify Your great name.
In Jesus mighty name,
AMEN.

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