“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 God created each and every one of us, he gave us a gift. God gives us these gifts so that we may use them to serve others and glorify his name with them. Some of God’s gifts are encouragement, prophecy, helps, shepherding, and teaching. I believe I have the gift of help, which means that I have a servant’s heart. Sometimes it’s really hard to use the gifts that God gave me for his glory rather than my own.
Peter tells us that we are to use these gifts to serve one another. The greatest example of serving others comes from Jesus. Jesus came to this earth, not as a mean, hard-headed king, but as a servant. He served others to show us how to serve. We are called by God to use our gifts to serve other people in order to show them Christ. It can be hard to serve those that don’t also serve you, but Jesus didn’t die for all of mankind expecting us to repay him someday. We are called to be like Jesus and serve others graciously.
Peter says that we are to serve others using our gifts as good stewards of God’s grace. This means that we need to serve others with the same grace that God gave us. We are called to be like Christ in our serving and to show his grace and kindness towards others. So, we are to use the gifts that God has so graciously given to us to help others and show who God is through our actions.
The gifts that God gave us when he created us are not for our own keeping. We must give these gifts away and show those around us the mercy and grace that Jesus has given us. Today I urge you to use the gifts that God has given you on someone other than yourself. Go and serve.