Your Gifts Are for Other People
By Rick Warren
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4:10 NLT, second edition).
The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (NLT, second edition). When you use your abilities to help each other, God is glorified.
God wired you to make a contribution. God did not give you your talents and abilities for your benefit. They are for the benefit of other people, and their talents are for the benefit of you.
I am so grateful for people who are talented in areas that I’m not good at. For instance, I’m grateful for accountants. Because I stink at accounting! I’m grateful for people who know how to do taxes.
I’m grateful for people who have mechanical ability. I couldn’t fix a carburetor if I had to. I wouldn’t even know where it is!
Everybody has different talents.
God has given me some talents. One of my talents is taking the Word of God and making it clear for other people to understand. When I use that ability, you get blessed. My talent is for you. It’s to help you.
But here’s the point: You’ve got talent, too. When are you going to start blessing others? When are you going to start helping others?
If you don’t use your talent that God gave you, other people get cheated. The way you bring glory to God is by using your talent. “Use your gifts well to serve one another.” God is glorified when you use your abilities to serve others.
Talk It Over
- What are the gifts that God has given to you?
- How are you using them to serve others? How do you think God wants you to use them for the benefit of others?
- How do you need to accept help from someone so that person is able to use his or her gifts to bring glory to God?
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