1 Peter 4:8–10
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.
It’s hard to believe it has already been a month since Christmas. The sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday have been replaced with the day-to-day of a new year. For some of us the gifts we received are already collecting dust. Year after year the same situation plays out with the toys a child receives for Christmas. There are those that get regular play and others that are already near the bottom of a toy box. For a parent, this can be discouraging. We wouldn’t have bought the gift if we didn’t think they’d love it, so when we see it unused it can make us question our original investment.
As we say at Sun Valley, what we own is really on loan. Your resources, gifts, and talents are all loaned to you by God. Like any reasonable investor, God’s investment of resources into our lives is about what we will do with them. Our gifts are not just something to add to our resume, but something given to us to serve others. Our gift of teaching, leadership, or administration don’t matter if we don’t use them. In fact, a gift gains its value through the way it’s appreciated and used.
We are blessed to be a blessing. God has given us the personality, gifts, and opportunities we have by design. The way we are wired matches the opportunities we have around us at home, work, and socially—it’s just a matter of making the most of each occasion.
Thought of the day: What are some ways you can serve God and others in your everyday life? What are some of the reasons you feel hesitant to use your gifts?
Prayer: God, give me the boldness to love others the way You do, and the eyes to see the opportunities all around me. Thank You for blessing me to be a blessing.