Use Your Gifts!
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Each of us has been given gifts and talents. Here in 1 Peter 4:10, we are taught to exercise the gifts that God has given us to serve others. The gifts which we have received are never meant for self-edification. Instead, they are for us to grow God’s Kingdom and fulfil the purpose He has planned for us.
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV)
11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…
Christ Jesus has given different gifts to people. He “gave some to be apostles”. An apostle is known to be one sent out by God to a place to be the ambassador of the King, our Lord Jesus Christ. Next, Christ gave some to be prophets. Prophets are spokesmen of God who speak out for God according to His leading. Evangelists are those who can make clear the Gospel message to others. Last but not least, pastors and teachers. People with this gift are called to shepherd, teach and guide the precious disciples God has entrusted to them.
It is very important to know that while some people may be gifted by God in those above-mentioned areas, it doesn’t mean that the rest of the people take a back seat. For example, it doesn’t mean that only those who are gifted as evangelists are the only ones that evangelize. No! This is because all of us are called to evangelize and spread the Good News of Jesus. To disciple and to teach isn’t just the role of the pastors and the teachers. All of us as believers of Jesus have been commissioned in Matthew 28:19-20. Every one of us is called to make disciples of all nations, baptize them and teach them all that God has commanded.
The “some” who have received those gifts are called to equip the rest of the saints! Those with the gifts stated in Ephesians 4:11 are called to equip the rest of the believers to evangelize, to disciple and to be an ambassador and spokesperson for Christ.
There are also other gifts that God gives to His people. Some of these gifts can be found in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. A few examples of the gifts are the gift of wisdom, knowledge, healing, faith, discernment and tongues. Regardless of the gifts that we have received, they are meant to serve God and to serve others. This serving in unity will bring forth growth in the body of Christ which is our Church.
If you have not exercised your gifts effectively, begin to do so from today! Come on-board and serve God and His people!
Join me in this prayer:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gifts that You have given me according to Your measure. I surrender my life to You and I avail myself to use the gifts You have given me. As I do my part to serve others and exercise the gifts You have given, I pray for Your hands to be upon our Church at River, that our Church may experience a miraculous growth. Thank You, Father. I pray all these in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”