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 (NIV)
Powerfully Used By Me
Have I richly blessed your life? Have I given you many gifts and talents and abilities and resources? Yes, you have richly blessed my life far beyond what I could have hoped for, dreamed of, or even imagined. For all that you have given to me I am thankful and grateful. You have lovingly and lavishly poured out your kindness and mercy and love upon me. It is good that you are fully aware of how I have richly blessed your life. It is even better, and very good, that you are exceedingly grateful and thankful for how I have lovingly and lavishly poured out my kindness and mercy and love upon you. Now, there is something still yet better. What could that be? Let me ask you a question. I’m listening attentively to you. Have I richly blessed you with gifts and talents and abilities and resources solely for your own benefit? That is a very easy question to which I would say, certainly not. Why is that? It would not be pleasing to you if I were to tight fistedly hold on to all that you have given to me. What do I want you to do with all the gifts and talents and resources and abilities I have given to you? You want me to share them with others. You want me to lovingly, and lavishly, serve others with all that you have given to me. You want others to know that they are experiencing the grace of God by how you are working in and through me. You want others to see your light and life shining and living out through my life. You want me to be your hands and feet. You want me to think and speak and act like you. You want others to be drawn to you through my life. You want me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name as I serve others with all that you have given to me. Yes, I do. What do you want? I want to live to please you. I want to know and do your will. I want to someday hear you say that I did I good job loving and serving you and others. I want to know that I have been powerfully used by you in this life that you have given to me. That is very good and so you shall know that you have been powerfully used by me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know that my time on this earth is short. Someday soon, I will be with you in heaven. I would like to give a good report. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Help me to lovingly and lavishly use all my gifts to serve others. Amen
Key Question… Why will you never regret using all the gifts God has given you, to serve others?
Living It Out… Use all the gifts God has given to you, to serve others, so that you can bear fruit and bring glory to His name.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God has given you gifts with which you can lovingly and lavishly serve others.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are using your gifts to lavishly serve others.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you use all the gifts the Lord has given you, to serve others.
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