Sunday, October 7, 2018

G I F T S
I Peter 4:10

Which of your athletic gifts is most important to you as a competitor?  Is it strength, speed, hand-eye coordination, your competitive nature?  Who is the giver of that gift?  What would be a proper response to your benefactor?

Peter mentions giftedness in his first letter at chapter 4 and verse 10 where we read, “As each one has received a gift, serve one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”  How do we thank the giver of our gifts, by serving our teammates.

Peter takes it as a given that each one of us is gifted.  Probably no group on the planet understands this like an athletic team.  The issue for us is not whether or not we’re gifted, but who gives the gifts and how shall we respond to him?

Our gifts are described as being part of the manifold grace of God.  In other words, God’s grace has been parceled out to each one of us in a unique way.  Our best response to a gracious giver is to employ our giftedness in the service of those around us.

As you compete today, drain every drop of benefit from your gifts for the good of your team.  Be a great steward of God’s grace as you serve your teammates in the pursuit of a great victory.

Bible Reading Plan:
John 2:12-25
James 3:13-18
Ecclesiastes 5
Jeremiah 14-15