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 for ever and ever. Amen. (verses 10,11)
Read 1 Peter 4:7-19
What’s your special gift from God? When it comes to cars and engines, don’t look to me for help. My brother, on the other hand, has a natural mechanical ability. He has a mechanics license and a university degree in mechanical engineering. He makes a living designing and building trucks and sports cars. So for anything to do with cars you can trust him. However, he hates working with people and can’t work out how I survive doing my job, where I’m working with people every day.
Different gifts. Different ways of serving others. So what is your gift? It’s not a matter of being important or receiving public recognition. It’s a matter of discovering the talents and abilities that God has given you and using them in a way that serves others and honours God. What gift has God given you?
Lord, help me see clearly the gift you have given me, and show me how I can use it to serve others and to bring praise to you. Amen.
Devotion by Pastor Richard Fox from the LCA devotion book, “Assurance for each day” (LCA Openbook, 2004)
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