December 28, 2016
Resourced and Ready
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
After every game, NFL coaches "break down" the game film to evaluate every part of the contest and the performance of each player. Let's do the same thing with today's verse. Here's the breakdown.
Each one - Peter is writing to believers. Here he addresses "each one." This verse is not just for the spiritually mature or elite. It is for every believer.
Should use - This means you can't be a "couch potato" believer. There is something you need to use...to put into action.
Whatever gift he has received - The "something" you need to put into action is the gift God has given you. This verse makes it clear that every believer has at least one gift.
To serve others - The gift God has given you is not for self-promotion. Serving others is the purpose for the gift(s) you have been given.
Faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms - When your gift is put to use, you are being a faithful steward.
So, here's the real question. How does 1 Peter 4:10 break down in your life?
Lord, thank you for giving each believer a gift corresponding to the works you have prepared in advance for us to do. Don't allow us to hide or hoard your gift. Today, help us faithfully use it to serve others. In Jesus' name. Amen.