1 Peter 4:10-11
Peter writes that everyone has some abilities. He also states that we are to use what God gave us to reach the world, not for our pleasure but for serving and edifying God.
Paul mentions various gifts or abilities.
The Holy Spirit determines what our gifts will be, we are responsible for them but cannot take credit what God gives us.
What is a spiritual gift?
What is the difference between natural and spiritual gifts?
Do all Christians have a gift?
So, what did God give us? How do we identify what we have been given from God?
Whatever God gave you; He did not give it to you for you to hide.
One man’s way of teaching and/or preaching may appeal to some and yet another man’s way appeals to others. Give the Word to bring glory to God, not to self.
This refers to John the Baptist, and like John, we are not God’s source of light. We reflect the Light of Jesus; we shine Christ’s light to a dark world. We are to point others to the Light, Jesus Christ.
Even though they are aware of their abilities, some people believe they are entitled to make use of them however they see fit. Others believe they lack any special abilities at all. These verses were spoken by Peter to both groups. Every person possesses some abilities, or “gifts.” We must locate and utilize ours. Every skill we have should be made use of in the service of others; none of them are for our sole enjoyment. Preaching, also known as speaking, and aiding, also known as ministering, are mentioned by Peter (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Ephesians 4:11).
When we use our abilities, how does it glorify God? They will see Jesus in us and praise Him for the assistance they have received if we use them as He directs to assist others.
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