Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace. 1 Peter 4:10
“[Helping] and encouraging others is a way to show love for Him. Hebrews 6:10 says, ‘[God] will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people.’ And no gift from His hand is unimportant” Dave Branon
At times, its difficult to understand why God has placed us in the place he has. Why did He put us in the position He did? Why did he create me the way he created me? There is a saying in poker that is commonly used in life, “This is the hand you’re dealt”. It’s a recognition that we as human beings don’t have power over the events that play out in our lives at times. Sometimes you’re dealt situations (cards in the analogy) that work together really well and other days you’re dealt cards that don’t seem to fit at all. These cards lead to ‘losing’ hands. Our questions is why would God allow us to receive losing hands or situations that would cause us great pain?
1 Peter gives direction for us concerning these questions. “Use whatever gift you have received to serve others”. Peter is speaking to the Christ follower who is receiving suffering for being a Christ follower. In light of this horrible situation, what is the role of the Christ follower since ‘the end of all things are at hand’ (4:7)? Simply put: serve with what you’ve been given.
This may dismay some of you at first. You look at what you’ve been given. You look at your life and you wonder, “What good can come out of this?”. What has God given me that I can make anything worthy out of it? I had a friend who once said they had zero giftings. Looking back, I would challenge that individual to be ‘more creative’.
I believe so many people look at their lives this way. They are unable to see the gifts God has given them. This inability to see oneself through the eyes of the God who loves them, leads them to apathy, wrong think and wrong behaviour. We cannot see who can benefit from the gifts God has given us, therefore we don’t seek to serve. We fall into a state of serving ourselves and looking to our own desires and wants, rejecting the great plan God has for our lives. We become jealous of what other people have and fall into self pity that God hasn’t ‘blessed’ us with those giftings.
The reality is simple. God has gifted you. God has a plan for your life. God wants to use you in the way you’ve been created in the place you are now. If you find yourself in the category of not understanding you giftings or how you’ve been created. I would challenge you to believe God has gifted you. I would ask you to find how you’ve been gifted. I would plead with you to pick up your cross, follow Jesus and serve others because Christ has first served you, giving his life for you so you might become a child of God.
Prayer of the day: “Sovereign God, help me not to focus on other roles, but to serve You in the sacred calling You’ve given me. Enable me to help others by a word of encouragement for what they do for You.”
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.