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Use Whatever Gift You Have Received to Serve Others

Date: June 11, 2024

I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.

B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share

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B - Bible Verse in NIV (1 Peter 4:10) Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.

L - Listen for God's Voice and pray Dear God, we come to You today with hearts full of gratitude for the unique gifts and talents You've given each of us. Help us to see these gifts as a blessing not just for ourselves, but as a way to bless and serve others. Show us how we can use our abilities to make a difference in the lives of those around us and to be good stewards of the grace You've so freely given us. May we always use our gifts with a heart of love and a desire to bring glory to Your name. In Jesus' name, Amen.

E - Explore the History and meaning This verse comes from a letter written by the apostle Peter to encourage Christians who were facing tough times and persecution because of their faith. In chapter 4, Peter is reminding his readers that they have a special calling and purpose as followers of Jesus. He encourages them to use their God-given gifts and abilities to serve others and to be good managers of the blessings God has given them. Peter wants them to see that even in the middle of their hardship, they have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the world by living out their faith in practical ways.

S - Study the Key Words or Phrases

"Gift you have received" - The unique abilities, talents, and resources that God has given to each of us.

"Serve others" - Using our gifts to help, bless, and meet the needs of the people around us.

"Faithful stewards" - Being responsible and trustworthy managers of the blessings and resources God has entrusted to us.

S - Summarize and Share:  Have you thought lately about the fact that God has given each of us special gifts and abilities? It's true! Each one of us has been blessed with unique talents and resources that we can use to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others.

In 1 Peter 4:10, Peter reminds us that these gifts aren't just for our own benefit or enjoyment. Instead, God has given them to us so that we can serve others and be a blessing to those around us. It's like we're managers of God's grace, entrusted with these gifts to use them wisely and lovingly.

When we use our gifts to serve others, it not only helps and blesses them, but it also helps us grow in our own faith and relationship with God. It's a way of putting our faith into action and showing the world what it means to follow Jesus. Whether it's through acts of kindness, words of encouragement, or using our skills and resources to meet practical needs, we all have something valuable to offer.

Now, sometimes it can be hard to know exactly how to use our gifts, or we might feel like we don't have much to offer. But the good news is that God doesn't expect us to have it all figured out on our own. When we seek His guidance and are willing to step out in faith, He'll show us how to use what He's given us in ways that bring joy to others and glory to Him.

I want you to take a minute to think about the unique gifts and abilities God has given you. Ask Him to show you how you can use them to serve others and to be a shining light in the world. When we do this, we'll find ourselves growing in our faith, experiencing the joy of making a difference, and being a part of the amazing work God is doing in and through His people.

3 Bible Cross References:

Romans 12:6-8 - "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

1 Corinthians 12:7 - "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."

Matthew 25:21 - "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'"

Question: What unique gifts or abilities has God given you, and how have you used them to serve others and make a difference in your community? Share your experiences with us in the comments below and let's encourage one another to be faithful stewards of God's grace!

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