Be a Gift

Listen to these words written to believers by the Apostle Peter:

1 Peter 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Did you hear that? Every believer has at least one gift, and should use that gift to serve others. God’s grace is put forth in various ways, as people use their gifts to serve one another.

Believers, you have received a gift from God, and that’s exactly the gift God wants you to have. Paul says that God “has arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be” (1 Corinthians 12:18). And that gift that God has given you is critical to the body of Christ. The body can’t do without it. There are no classes or levels of spiritual gifts. Every gift that God gives is first class; top shelf. It may be a gift that is used up front or behind the scenes. It may be a gift that receives a lot of response from people or maybe no response at all — but God always sees and always takes note.

Whatever gift you have is exactly the gift God wants you to have. Your job is to use it.

If your gift is service…use that gift to the glory of the God who gave it to you.

If your gift is encouragement…before you go to bed this evening, write a note of encouragement to someone going through a difficult time.

If your gift is giving…pray for God to put an opportunity in front of you today and respond generously.

If your gift is showing mercy…find a person in need and cheerfully show them the mercy that you have received from God.

If you gift is hospitality…open your home up this weekend and invite some friends over for a meal. They will leave encouraged because you chose to use your gift.

If your gift is teaching…find a place within the local body to teach the word of God.

If your gift is leadership…use it to further the kingdom of God.

God does not pass out second-class gifts. Whatever gift you have is exactly the gift God wants you to have. Now your job is to use it to serve others and to bring glory to God.