Theme of the Week: Spiritual Gifts
Bible Verse: “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:10-11
We could write a lot about how to use our spiritual gifts. Peter, though, keeps things simple and reminds us of three keys.
First, use your gifts to serve others.
In 1 Peter 4:10, Peter makes it clear: our gifts are designed for us to serve others, not ourselves. Gifts aren’t given for our own benefit, enjoyment, or self-fulfillment. They’re given so that we can minister to others. While it’s okay to enjoy using our gifts, we should focus on serving and helping others, and using them to strengthen the church.
Second, rely on God’s strength.
“If anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides” (4:11). We should always be clear that the source of the gifts, as well as the power to use them, comes from God himself. Peter reminds us that there’s a huge difference between trying to serve others in our own strength and serving others while relying on God’s empowerment. Relying on our own power will always fall short, which is why we must rely on God’s power.
Finally, aim to glorify God with your gifts.
When we use God’s strength, it’s “so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything” (4:11). God’s glory is the ultimate reason he’s given us gifts.
Serve others. Rely on God’s strength. Aim to glorify God. There’s a lot more to learn about spiritual gifts, but if we keep these three ideas in mind, we’ll stay on the right track.
Prayer: Lord, make me a blessing to others. Use my gifts to serve others. I pray that you would get all the glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Reflection: How can you serve another believer today?
Copyright © 2023 Impactus | Promise Keepers Canada. All rights reserved.