The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 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. 1 Peter 4:7-11
Given You Gifts
I have given you gifts. It is time for you to use them. I want you to urgently and passionately use the spiritual gifts that I have given to you. I want you to pour yourself out in service to others. You will bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. You will go where I send you. You will do all that I ask of you. There is no doubt about that. I want to know and do your will. I want to do all the good works that you have prepared for me to do for you. I want your hand to be on me. It is my prayer that you will richly bless my life. I want to shine brightly for you in the world. I want people to be drawn to you because of the way that you have been working in my life. I want to use every one of the spiritual gifts that you have given to me. I don’t want any one of my spiritual gifts to be unused and go to waste. I want to fulfill all your purposes and plans for my life. I want to reap a rich harvest for your kingdom. Your desires are very good. Your desires are my desires for you.
What’s that? You said that you want me to urgently and passionately use the spiritual gifts that you have given to me. Yes, I did. Can you tell me more about that? Yes, I will. Your time on this earth is short. If you want to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name, the time to begin is now. There is no time to waste. Wasted time is a wasted opportunity. Keep your eyes open. Listen carefully to my voice. Go where I send you. Do what I ask of you. Join me in the work that you see me doing. Be urgent. What about being passionate? Don’t be half-hearted. Give yourself fully to me and the work that I have prepared for you. My hand will be on you. You will have my blessing. I will use you. I will set you on fire with passion to love, follow and serve me. That is what I want. That is the prayer of my heart. Yes, I know and I will hear and answer that prayer.
Lord, I know that you have given me many good gifts. Help me to urgently and passionately use every one of my gifts to serve others. Powerfully use me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I will rely on all your strength to bring glory to your name. Amen
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