Friday, April 20, 2012

Unified in Service

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10-11
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  11 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.

Insights:  One last time I remind you Peter has written these verses in the context of Jesus’ return, which is near.  Because He is coming back to redeem His Bride, we ought to be proactively serving to in order to point people to Him.  How do we know where or how we ought to be serving?  Today’s verses give us the answer.  We are to serve where and how the Spirit of the Lord God reveals.  In other words, the Spirit manifests Himself within a Believers life with skills.  We call those skills, gifts of the Spirit, or spiritual gifts.  The passage in 1 Corinthians will assist us a little more in understanding these gifts.  It states, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  The Gift IS the Holy Spirit and He manifests Himself within our lives with a variety of gifts.  I emphasis this point because people often ask whether they can lose their gift and the answer is, NO!  If they have truly encountered the Lord God and have been born again because of the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses them from all sin, then no, they cannot lose the Holy Spirit who came to live within them.  At the same time, however, because the Gift is the Spirit, He has the freedom to manifest Himself however He wishes within a Believers life and He may choose to change your spiritual gift mix.  The manifestation of the gift is not as important as the Gift itself, which is the Holy Spirit.  Let’s wrap up the thought for today.  Jesus is coming back soon and because He is, we are to serve.  We serve using our gift mix and we do so to point people to Jesus.  So, SERVE!

  1. Do you know what your spiritual gifts are?
  2. Are you intentional about using them for the greater glory of God?                              
Prayer: Jesus, thank You that You sent the Holy Spirit to live within me.  Thank You for the transforming work He does within my life.  Thank You that He manifests Himself within me with gifts to be used for Your glory.  May I use them with boldness and point people to You as a result of my activity.  Amen.  

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