As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:” 1 Peter 4:10 ESV
Normally when someone gives us a gift it is for our benefit. God is no different, yet His word tells us to use our spiritual gifts to serve others. He gives us stewardship over our gifts.
How does serving others benefit us? It benefits us in two powerful ways:
- It gives purpose and meaning to our lives. Those who spend their lives using their talents to serve and benefit others experience a satisfaction that far exceeds a life of selfish ambition. Do you want your life to ‘make a difference’? Leave your mark on humanity by using your God given gifts to serve others. (“The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12 ESV)
- When We are good stewards of God’s gifts, we are storing eternal treasures in Heaven. Whatever possessions we acquire in this life will be left behind at our death. If our lives have been spent gratifying our own desires our reward will not stand the test of eternity. However, when our lives have been lived with eternity in mind, serving God and others, we will reap a reward that cannot be destroyed by death. (“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19-20 ESV)
Pray: Father, thank you for the spiritual gifts You’ve given me. Help me be a good and faithful steward of these gifts. Lord, use my life to bless others. Help me to find meaning and purpose to life by pouring out my life in service to You and others. Amen