1 Peter 4:10 (English Standard Version) tells us that as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
How many of us love to do random acts of kindness such as, tipping the waiter at our restaurant more than the suggested amount? What about giving words of encouragement to random people that we may just came in contact with throughout our day when running errands? How about customer service? That is a true gift. That is exemplifying the kindness of the Holy Spirit. I am sure we’ve never thought of it like that, but it’s an act of using our God given talents to better, maybe even change, someone’s life.
Everyday, I strive to use every drop of the gifts that God has given me to serve those who are around me, and to serve my local community. I believe that there are many ways for us to use our gifts. If we have been gifted with wealth, or wisdom, with influence or education, we should offer those gifts as a sacrifices. Meaning use those gifts even when it is convenient, uncomfortable, or unpopular.
Ephesians 5:1 tells us therefore be imitators of God as beloved Children.
How many of us identify ourselves as children of God?
It is my belief that we are loved by God, and nurtured by God, and comforted by the Holy Spirit. That we should do those very same things as children of God just as the text has instructed us
Separately and collectively think back to the specific things that God has allowed to happen in our lives. What has been incredibly beneficial to us? Let’s take a moment to think about how God has allowed certain people to come in our lives to serve us, and to deliver certain gifts to us. I believe that God strategically placed those gifts into those very people to bless us.
WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!
How do we do that? I encourage you to use the same efforts to serve others just as you’ve committed to making sure you attend meetings and work, or any other commitments you’ve made to help yourself. If you have already made this a priority in your daily life, I want to challenge you to take it up a notch. Commit to embodying God’s character, in serving your friends, family, co workers, and your community, and never forget those who are less fortunate than you. It starts locally. Knowing that the word of God tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)
As believers of Christ Jesus we are all commissioned. There is no need for a fancy assembly but rather the acknowledgment that we are told to feed the hungry and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. Isaiah 58:10.
Are you shining bright?
Lastly, Matthew 5:16 tells us, In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Let us remember that it’s not about us, but all that we do in mission everyday.
That all the Glory and the Honor is to our Father God.
I love you with the love of the Lord.
GMF US-2, Class of 2016-2018