“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever, Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11, NASB)
Are you aware that if you are in Christ—and therefore part of His church—you have been graced with a gift from heaven? Notice in the above passage that there is no question about this truth. “As each one has received a special gift…” Each member of the Lord’s church has received a spiritual gift from Christ, including you! This is not something you have earned; it is a gift!
What are we to do with the gifts Christ has given us? First, notice that Peter says we are to use them in serving one another. They are to be used to help and build up the body of Christ. Second, notice that God expects us to be good stewards of His gracious gifts. That means that we need to be using whatever gift He has blessed us with! To bury our gift in the sand is to be a poor steward of His grace. Finally, note that we are to use our gifts to glorify God. Our gifts are not to be used in a self-glorifying or self-promoting way. We are never to boast in our gifts or to think of ourselves as superior in any way. Whatever talents or abilities we have were freely bestowed upon us by the Lord, and it is all because of His grace! Our gifts have nothing to do with our own goodness, power, skill, or any such thing.
Have you given any thought about what spiritual gift the Lord has given you? There are many examples of spiritual gifts that we can find in scripture. In the above passage, we see that speaking and serving are gifts from God. In other passages we see that wisdom, knowledge, faith, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and showing mercy are examples of spiritual gifts (see Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:7-10).
What is your gift from God? In what ways are you using it? As each of us use our gift to serve others for His glory, God will bless us, fill us, and cause the church to grow. May each of us take part in the work God is trying to accomplish in us!