September 25

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Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully.”  1 Peter 4:10

God’s grace is a great gift you have received from Him.

 1Peter 4:10-11 “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the Glory and the Power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Peter makes it clear that we have received gifts from God for two --to serve others and to bring praise to God.  Serving isn’t about us receiving attention or glory; it is for Him to receive glory.

We can give away only what we have first received.  The reason we can love and serve God is that He first loved and served us through Jesus Christ.  The more we are aware of and experience God’s love in our own lives, the more prone we are to respond in love by serving Him.  If you want to serve God, the key is to get to know Him!  Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal more of God to you  (John 16:13).  When we truly know God, who is love (1John 4:8) our natural response is a desire to love and serve Him in return.

Genuine service cannot be separated from love.  We can go through the motions of serving God, but if our hearts are not in it we are missing the point.  If service is not rooted in love – it is meaningless.  Serving God out of a sense of duty apart from love for God, is not what He desires.  Rather serving God should be our natural, love filled response to Him who loved us first (1John 4:9-11).