Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Faithful Person Serves Others

In review of 1 Peter 4:10 it says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another”

Bottom Line:
God has provided each special gifts to use in service to others.

What this means to me:
God has given me special abilities from his great variety of spiritual gifts. I’m to faithfully use them to serve others and be a good steward of what God has provided.

God will use the talents he gave me to test my unselfishness. I need to decide for whom or what I’m going to live. I’m either going to live a self-centered life or I’m going to live for something greater than myself; the kingdom of God.

What I’m learning is that a faithful person won’t live for themselves. They realize that the talents God gave them are not for their own benefit; God provides them to make the world around them a better place.

When God made me, he gave me all kinds of gifts, talents, and abilities. These can be referred to as the acronym “s.h.a.p.e.”, they are my spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences. These five things make me who I am. What I need to remember is that there’s nobody like me in the whole world, and he wants me to be me for his glory, not mine.

God shaped me to serve him, and there’s only one way to do that: by serving other people.

A faithful person realizes that their talents are not for their benefit.  God doesn't provide me with abilities just so I can love to have or do them. He gave them to me so that I can use them in some way to help others. Enjoying them makes it easier to use them.

God made everyone different so that everything in the world can get done. If we all liked to do the same thing, there would be a whole lot left undone.

So, I am to be the steward of my talents, and God is watching to see if I will use what he gave me effectively here on Earth. If I use them effectively here, he’ll likely give me more responsibility later in life or in Eternity.

One important thing I’d like to keep in mind about this life. God created me and put me here, because my life is a test, a trust and a temporary assignment. He’s watching to see if I’m faithful to use what he gave me here on Earth to bless other people.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (NLT). God gave me talents, and he’s watching to see if I’ll be faithful with them.

Today, I need to consider how I’m using my talents to serve others. Am I using them to serve and help others and glorify God, or am I doing them for myself?