Stewards of His Gifts - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Stewards of His Gifts

 

April 16


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Read 1 Peter 4:8-11

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 

Reflect

What did Peter say should be our primary motivation for serving others?

 

It is a sad fact that many churches struggle to find volunteers to serve. Many are willing to drop their children off at the nursery or Sunday School, but they are not interested in taking a shift caring for the children in their church. Many churchgoers feel comfortable commenting on their appreciation or dislike of the music that is selected for worship, but they are not as willing to give of their time or talents to join the praise team, band, or choir. In fact, a Barna study recently found that one in three pastors consider “declining or inconsistent volunteering” to be a major issue facing their ministry.

 

We know that our good deeds and works don’t save us. So why is it important to serve others? In today’s passage, Peter makes it clear that we are to serve one another to glorify God. He reminds believers that we have all been entrusted with spiritual gifts and that we are to use them well.

 

The phrase “varied grace” in today’s passage should encourage us! God has gifted us all differently and with a variety of gifts. You might not be called to change diapers in the nursery, but you might be gifted with the ability to lead a Bible study. You might not be able to sing a note, but you might have technology skills and would make a great sound or media tech. Maybe no one ever wants to eat anything that you prepare so you aren’t a good candidate for the meal ministry, but you are a handyman who can help those around the house who are not able to keep up or afford to hire someone. In Romans 12:6, Paul said, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.”

 

Jesus Himself told His disciples that a life spent following Him is a life of service. In Mark 9:35 Jesus told the twelve, “...If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” In John 13:12-14, we see a beautiful picture of Jesus humbling Himself as a servant, washing the feet of His disciples. He told them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (v.14).

 

Friend, if you are in Christ, you have been entrusted with a gift. It is intended that you use it for the glory of God and the service of others. We are all called to use what God has given us to serve, edify, and encourage the body of Christ.

 

Pray

God, thank You for the gifts that You have freely given to me. I want to be a trustworthy steward of Your grace. Help me identify how I can use my gifts to serve others and glorify you. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;HELP ME SHARE MY GIFTS;ONLY WITH YOUR HELP ; THANKYOUJESUS;AMEN;okay*
You have said clearly in Your Word that if we want to be great then we must become servants. So let me use the gifts that You gave me to serve Your people and provide me with such opportunity so that Your name will be praised. Amen.
Great words! I am challenged by them!
I am praying you to discover these. There are some great online tools to help you assess your spiritual gifts as well as other giftings. If you'd like some suggestions, let me know!
Excellent. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks, Thomas. It's my pleasure to be teaching God's Word. A great responsibility as well. I always have to preach it to myself first. Ouch!
In the Gospels, their was a motherof one of Jesus disciples ask Jesus to have of her sons to seat on the left and the other on the left. I like what Jesus said to her that was not his to who sit where in heavenly place.
Great reminder thanks.
Remember we are to become more like Jesus each new day. Ask The Lord to Bless you to because His Humble healthy inspireing encouraging true child, servent, stewart, and disciple of our Father. In asking requesting praying daily throughout the day, evening the change will come. This I Father use us for Your Will each new day I Pray in Jesus name Amen
I thank God for His gift so freely given. I hope and pray that I can use my gifts to serve others.
Thank you; a needed reminder. God Bless!
This is a very true article for most churches. Christians do not want to share their gifts/skills freely. Most Christians want to be recognize immediately or get paid every time they are asked to do something. The Lord gave us these gifts to uplift! I am praying for Christians to be happy & ready to serve & encourage.
had lunch with a group of ladies from our church and we were just talking about ways to serve at our church. there are lots of needs and pray that many will step up and serve. thankful for all that do serve faithfully.
Pastor Nat you help me everyday with things I have trouble dealing with using God's word and I thank you for caring God bless you Pastor Nat
I too didn’t identify my talents for a long time and I was doing them! It will come, just keep praying and I will pray for you also.
Me too! Verse 11....as one that speaks the very words of God..how I never read that before is beyond my comprehension.?! Maybe God shows us things when we are ready.
Very good Pastor I agree we should do More for God and rejoice and be glad.
FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE GIFTS YOU HAVE GIVEN ME. LET ME NOT TAKE THESE GIFTS FOR GRANTED, BUT USE THEM TO HELP OTHERS AND BRING YOU THE GLORY IN JESUS AMEN
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
Try praying yourself. Surely you know your talents. Big or small, doesn't matter. What matters is to use them.
Pastor Nat, I found the versus of 1 Peter 8-11,so profound, and up lifting for my spirit man. Thank you, for always giving us the the fruits of righteousness, and be as JESUS, servants,this is how JESUS, would be honor.Praying always for all.🙏 PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL.
Amen
Lord, guide me in serving others, every day. To your glory.
Lord thank You for the gifts that You have given me. I want to use these gifts to honor a d glorify You. I want to serve others as You came and served. Holy Spirit lead me and guide me in the ways I should go. I love You. In Your Son Jesus precious and Holy name I pray, Amen.
Glory to God
Yes, the Bible teaches us, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace...”. That is, God has bestowed upon us the responsibility to steward His Grace and has given us the Gifts (talents and tools) to do so. For what reason? To simply glorify His Name and to spread His love until the end of the age. While there is no set or unique pattern for mission and service, it all starts by asking God to give you the strength and courage to serve others. If you ask with a pure heart, He will lead you.... Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!! Amen!
Pray for me to identify my talents and gift
Some people debate what's more important- faith or works. Works, in terms of serving others, will lead to faith. So even if you question the teachings of Jesus or existence of God, go ahead and find ways to help others anyway. Don't wait around to hear from Above, you know your skills and I'm sure you know others who could use a helping hand.
Great word, thank you!!!
Thank you! A great reminder of the blessing we can be when we intentionally serve.
Amen
Lord, let me be Your humble servant and direct my path. Amen.
Amen
The joy of serving is something that you can’t see unless you do it. You often don’t dream of serving others like going on a beach vacation! The truth is serving others is serving God and when we glorify Jesus the joy he gives us is overflowing. We were made to glorify the Lord and by serving we experience what we are meant to be! So dream a vacation of serving the Lord each day. Why deny yourself of great joy found in serving Jesus. Amen
Thank God for giving us another beautiful weekend and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen