We serve one another through prayer and with love, and we demonstrate that love by serving each other through the various ways God has gifted us. Jesus builds His church by filling it with different people. We need others, even those who seem very different from us because we need gifts God has given them.
As good servant managers of God’s grace in its various forms, serve one another with the gift each of you has received. 1Peter 4:10 ISV
God has placed different people in our life, organisations and churches because He has given different gifts. So instead of seeing new and different people as a problem, let’s see other people as an opportunity for our life, organisations and church to become everything God intended it to be.
Every person in our life, organisations and church is a gift who brings to add to the body of Christ. We need all of these members and their gifts, and they need us. Christians know they need Jesus, but they may not realize they need other Christians. We are not made for ourselves, rather we were made to serve Christ by serving his His body, that is the Church. We are loved and filled with purpose. The Church needs us as much as we need the Church.
For that reason, you are called to use your gift to serve the Lord and His Church. “As every man hath received the gift” means you already have a gift from God. Each one who has trusted in Christ has received a spiritual gift, a gift that is a gift of God’s grace.
Whoever speaks must speak God’s words. Whoever serves must serve with the strength that God supplies, so that in every way God may be glorified through Jesus, the Messiah. Glory and power belong to him forever and ever! Amen. 1Peter 4:11 ISV
All gifts involved serving and helping others, and Peter categorized them by a general function if speaking or serving. Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7-10.
We do not use these gifts in our own power or for our own benefit. We serve through our dependence upon God. We speak “as the oracles of God” and we minister “as of the ability which God giveth”.
God’s giftedness becomes clear, not as we seek His gifts, but as we ” get our hands dirty” and begin to serve.
Excerpts from Bible Studies for Life
- WHY SOW MONEY AS “SEED FAITH” FOR WHAT IS FREELY GIVEN TO YOU IN CHRIST?
- THE LAYING ON OF HANDS: YOU DESERVE GOD’S BEST, DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS
- THE ACT OF IMPARTATION: YOU DESERVE GOD’S BEST, DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS
- UNDERSTANDING THE ANOINTING: YOU DESERVE GOD’S BEST, DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS.
- THE ANOINTING OIL: YOU DESERVE GOD’S BEST, DON’T SETTLE FOR LESS.