The Daily Word: Sunday, November 26th, 2017
1 Peter 4:7-5:14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10
I believe in spiritual gifts. I believe all believers should earnestly desire to walk in the gifts outlined in 1 Cor 12: the word of wisdom (v 8), the word of knowledge (v 8), the gift of faith (v 9), gifts of healings (v 9), miracles (v 10), prophecy (v 10), discerning of spirits (v 10), different kinds of tongues (v 10), and the interpretation of tongues (v 10). I echo the desire Paul expressed in 1 Cor 14 that the whole church would “desire spiritual gifts,” especially prophecy (v 1).
But we have to know what spiritual gifts are for. Said a different way, we have to know whom spiritual gifts are for. Spiritual gifts are not just for you; they are to share with others. 1 Peter 4:10 says God gives us gifts so that we might, “…minister…to one another, as good stewards.” Spiritual gifts are not badges of honor we wear in ministry settings to prove we have a calling on our life. They are not benchmarks to show other people how committed we are to God. They are gifts; and God trusts us with them so that we might show His goodness to others.
What are you doing with the gifts He has given you? Are you holding on to them, and only exercising them for yourself? Or are you letting them flow freely through your hands, and blessing every single person you meet?
Father, help me to be wholly unselfish with Your spiritual gifts! Help me to take my eyes off myself, and start praying for other people. I want to be an effective minister – and a good steward – of everything You have given me, in Jesus’ name!
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