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8th Oct 2021

Gifted to serve

Gifted to serve

EVERY believer has been gifted by God through His great grace. Each & every gift is SPECIAL – bespoke to you.
These gifts are spiritual talents, abilities & powers to be used in God’s service to bless others & bring glory to God.
Along with the gift God ABUNDANTLY supplies the strength & resources for us to fully flow & function well in those gifts.

The end of all things is near. You must be self-controlled and alert, to be able to pray.
Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins.
Open your homes to each other without complaining.
Each one, as a good manager of God’s different gifts, must use for the good of others the special gift he has received from God.
Those who preach must preach God’s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them,
so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11 GNT

These spiritual gifts, talents & powers are given & resourced from God’s divine grace.
We have to receive them – take them up & carry them responsibly.
As we have graciously been given them we are graciously to use them to bless others.
God generously gave them to us & we are to use them generously to serve & bless others.
We receive to give (Acts 20:35) & are blessed even more when we are willing to give things to others.
Freely we have received & so now we freely give (Matthew 10:18).
As we do so it will bring glory to God.

These special gifts are to be expressed through Speaking & Serving.
The gifts use both words & works & carry divine power & resources to supply & sustain life.
God’s life flowing freely to you so that it can flow through you to others.
Each gift is to be tempered through love & prayer.
Operating in love & directed by prayer these divine gifts fulfil their intended purpose & grow to reach their full potential.
This is the environment for the words, works & wonders that glorify the Lord to flourish in.

All the elements I have outlined above are contained within the original language used in our passage this week.
May we be those who responsibly carry & mature our gifts so that they are a mighty blessing to others & bring great glory to God.
Keep serving the Lord, the household of faith (family of God) & all of humanity through the wonderful gifts God has blessed us with.
You yourself, along the gifts God has graced you with, are a great blessing to humanity.
GO FOR IT WITH YOUR GIFT/S.


For reflection

Do I realise my spiritual gifts carry power to sustain & impart life?
Am I willing to freely give to others through my God given gifts?
Meditate on the divine potential & power contained of the gifts we have been entrusted to carry.

“Your spiritual gifts were not given for your own benefit but for the benefit of others,
just as other people were given gifts for your benefit.”
Rick Warren

A song related to this theme


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the divine potential & life-giving power of each special gift that flows from Your gracious hand,
Through the empowering presence of Your indwelling Spirit,
Teach & train us to be generous & freely give to others through our special gifts.
That Your words, works & wonders might flow freely through us,
In Jesus mighty name,
AMEN.

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