Spiritual Gifts (1 Peter 4:10-11)

1 Peter 4:10-11


10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.


            Spiritual giftedness is always a hot topic in the local church.  Countless books, study programs, inventory tests, DVD sets, and the like have been marketed and sold to churches to help their members discover their unique spiritual gifts.  However, how many have really delved into the purpose behind the gifts that God has given us?


            When you think of spiritual gifts, do you think of unique abilities that you have in order to make you just plain stronger?  Do you think of your gift as your own?  Do you, perhaps, run off the other side of the road and assume that you have no gift?


            The fact is, the word of God lets us know that we have been gifted by God.  You have a spiritual gift or gifts from God if you are saved.  But, you also need to know the purpose behind your gift.  If you have a gift, it was given you so that you can serve the local church.


            Here in verse 10, look at the call.  Use your gift to serve one another.  The call is not to use your gift to make yourself look good.  It is not for you to use your gift to profit.  No, your gift is for the body.  Thus, if you are not a regular part of a local church, you are spurning your giftedness.  If you are a part of the local church, but you do not find a way to serve based on your gift, you are spurning your giftedness.  God gives us gifts so that we can love, serve, and encourage each other for the sake of his glory. 


            Perhaps today would be a good day for you, Christian, to look at how God has designed you.  Where are you uniquely gifted?  Where are you strong?  How can you use the way that God has gifted you to be a blessing to the local church?  How can you not keep your gift to yourself but rather use it in the strengthening of the body?