Share Your Gifts!

We are all blessed with different gifts that ultimately form one body. When God gives you a gift, you are expected to share your gift with others. If God blesses you financially, He expects you to use your wealth to advance His glory and Kingdom by helping others. If you are given the gift of serving and miracles often occur when you serve, you are asked to serve. As Jesus teaches in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

The Apostle Paul says in 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.” In short, share your gifts and use them to serve others. No gift is superior to another for those who use their gifts in obedience to the Lord. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:5, “I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified.” Your gift loses its purpose if used only for yourself and your own humanly contentment. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms,” adds Peter in 1 Peter 4:10. God will not force you to make the right choice, however, as He respects your free will He has given you. Even He cannot make those who left Him come Home; only they themselves can, as illustrated in His Parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-32.

Paul notes in Galatians 5:13, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Even Jesus, the Creator of the universe and King of kings, “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). What gift has the Father blessed you with to serve Him and your neighbor?

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