12th March 2015
‘God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.’ 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
God gives us spiritual gifts when we accept Christ. It’s kind of weird to think about, but we get a bonus gift when we choose to accept the ultimate gift of salvation. Some gifts are based on natural talents that we already had before we became Christians. For example, a person who has a talent for singing may be given a spiritual gift of worship leading. The difference between a talented singer and a singer with the spiritual gift of worship leading is that people are led into a worship experience when the gifted singer sings.
The second sentence in this verse helps put our gifts into perspective. Many people feel cheated if they don’t get gifts that put them in the centre of attention. God has chosen to give some people spiritual gifts that allow them to serve behind the scenes, while others have gifts that allow them to lead in front of people. However, when we realise that all gifts are distributed so that God can show His generosity to others through us, our perspective changes. It is absolutely amazing that God specifically chose to give gifts to us that will help others see Him working through us.
Question to Consider
How can you use your abilities to serve God by serving others?
Pray that God will help you to use your gifts and manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.