“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” 1 Peter [4:10]
When you receive a gift for your birthday—it’s yours. You look at it, play with it, use it, and then tell others about your new gift! This scenario is also true for Christmas and Mother’s/Father’s Day, too. The gift is given to you for your personal use.
The Apostle Peter takes a wildly different approach. In today’s biblical text, Peter declares that a spiritual gift is not meant for you! Instead, he calls believers to realize the spiritual gifts that God has given are not for personal use or gain. They’re gifts that God’s people are to use to serve the church of Jesus Christ.
Believers are called to steward these gifts to bring God glory and to build up His church. As members of God’s church, are we using our gifts for our own selfish purposes? Or are we using them to build and strengthen God’s Church?
Every campus needs each individual to use the gift that God has given you to serve the needs of those who call Woodside home. When we practice Peter’s approach to gifts, we can move forward the mission of God throughout Metro Detroit. Are you sharing your gift?
Father, show me how I can use the gift that you have given to me to build up and bless your church. Give me awareness of areas in our church and our community where I can use my gift to the Body of Christ. Amen.
For Further Reading
1 Peter 4:7-11