Our scripture this morning is 1 Peter 4:7-11.
“The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.”
Peter speaks of our spiritual gifts and how they are intended to be shared with God’s children everywhere. We all have gifts to share, diverse in nature and intended for us to use together. Paul outlines many of these in Romans 12, Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12-13. Peter tells us to “use them well to serve each other” (v. 10).
No matter what spiritual gift we have, we are called to use them “with all the strength and energy that God supplies” (v. 11). God has given us important work to do while we are here, to ensure everyone hears the Good News and is ready for Christ’s return. Our gifts are necessary to accomplish our Great Commission from Jesus.
Unsure about your spiritual gifts? Prayer and discussion with our brothers and sisters can help us discern what we are gifted with and how to use it as God wants. All have skills that are needed for the work of the kingdom, and we must go into the world to share the joy we have found in Him.
Gracious God, we are thankful for all Your gifts to us. Help us to be fervent in our faith and our work, that all the world may know the truth of Christ. Amen.