Thursday, December 30, 2021

What Gift Did You Get?

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV)

When I was a child, I remember that after Christmas every year, my friends and I would all ask each other, "What gift did you get?" because we all wanted to hear what each of us had received.  We would all talk about our gifts, and often we would go to each other's homes to look at the gifts that each one of us had received.  While not all of us received the same gift, and some gifts were more outstanding than others, we all had gifts and we all wanted our friends to see the gifts we had.

One thing that some Christians do not understand is that each of us has a gift from God.  Most Christians know that God has given people like pastors and evangelists gifts to serve Him and to help others.  But, as 1 Peter 4:10 tells us, and as we see throughout the Bible, all of us have a gift and we have been created by God to do something special.  While it is true that some people have a gift from God that seems more amazing than the gifts other people have, the fact remains that each of us has a gift from God. 

First, we need to recognize that God has given each of us a gift.  Secondly, we need to discover that gift and learn how God wants us to use it; in 1 Peter 4, and in Romans 12, various gifts are listed, and this is a good place to start.  God has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit to help us discover our gift, and also to help us learn how to make the best use of that gift.  We each need to make sure that we recognize that God has given us a gift, that God wants to help us use and develop our gift, and that God can use the gift He has given us to help others. 

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