How to Make Your Short Life Count Pt. 3

serve faithfully

1 Peter 4: 7-11.  The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen (NIV).

A Life of Faithful Service to Others

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms (verse 10).

God has endowed us with spiritual gifts and we are to use them faithfully to serve others. This is not to make us prideful up or make us feel more important than others but to serve. A spiritual gift is a special ability given by God to a believer in order to serve. We live in a power-hungry world. In every place from homes to offices, church to politics, people are fighting for positions. We study to in order to have an edge over others. We boast about our gifts, and use them to boss over our subordinates.

God is intentional about the gifts He has given us. We must constantly remember that they are grace-gifts. They are not something we earned but that which God has graciously given us. They are given to us so that we may accomplish His purpose in our lives through serving others. People ask “how do I know that I have a certain gift?” My answer is simple: just step out and do something. If you see any opportunity to serve just go and serve. How can you discover that you are a teacher if you have never attempted to teach?

If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen (verse 11). 

In the Bible passage above, spiritual gifts are stated in two broad categories: “speaking gifts” and “service gifts”. This pretty much covers the whole range of gifts you can think of. It doesn’t matter whether your gift is more outstanding in the eyes of people or not; what really matters is how faithfully you are using it for God’s glory. Some of you have gifts of preaching, encouragement, leadership, helping those in need or giving for God’s work. Use whatever gifts you have for the glory of God and the good of His people.

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