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Session 7 – 1 Peter 4:10-11 – Equipped to Live – Day 5
1 Peter 4:10 Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
The Holy Spirit bestows gift(s) on each believer. These are to be used to glorify God and edify the body of Christ.
Paul addressed this same thing in his letter to the church in Rome, naming some of the specific gifts.
Romans 12:1-8 (HCSB) For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts:
use it according to the standard of one’s faith;
7 if service, in service;
if teaching, in teaching;
8 if exhorting, in exhortation;
giving, with generosity;
leading, with diligence;
showing mercy, with cheerfulness.
God gives us spiritual gifts to manage. The purpose of the gifts is to edify, build up other believers, and to glorify, magnify the Lord God. The gifts are not natural attributes that have been magnified but are abilities and attitudes the Holy Spirit gives when we trust in Jesus. God works in and through us to do His will.
Philippians 2:13 (KJV) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
I cannot take credit for my spiritual gift because it is God working through me to minister to others. All glory must go to God and God alone, not ourselves. Remember our purpose on this earth – to reflect and glorify God, to enjoy intimacy with Jesus, and to build the only treasures that will translate with us to Heaven – relationships with other believers.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 (KJV) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
When we exercise our God-given gift(s), the Light of Jesus is shining through us to others. Any time we excel, it is God working through us. The glory belongs to the Lord.
Question: Are you aware of your spiritual gift(s)? If not, ask godly friends what gift(s) they see in you. There are also surveys you can fill out to help you recognize your gift. God bestows the gifts, but we must exercise them, develop them, and use them to His glory. We must nourish them by feasting on God’s word, exercise them by being involved in the local body of believers, and employ them to build others up and glorify God.