How many well-meaning parents have said “You can be or do anything you want?” Oh my gosh, how wrong!
No matter how much I loved playing the drums in a rock band, my taste for the beat exceeded my talent. No matter how long and hard I practiced, I could not keep up. Embracing that truth, the day after my last gig, was a wonderful day indeed. It allowed me the freedom to find my real gifts, and to appreciate this important value.
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10
We cannot be or do anything we want, but we can be all that God has made us to be. So, therefore, we should be faithful stewards of each and everything that the Lord gives us. We are not to worry about what He does not give us, because we have no stewardship for what He does not give us. In the meantime, many times we overlook the gifts He has given us, such as…
- His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for our salvation forever.
- A unique mix of experiences, abilities, personality, interests and values.
- Food, clothing, shelter and maybe more.
- Gifts, passions and calling ignited enabled by the Holy Spirit.
- People, places, things and things to do with a plan, a future and a hope.
- Time measured in years, weeks, days and moments, the most important of which is now.
Everything we are, do and have is His. He owns all. We are all His stewards for His service and glory.
Whom do you serve?
Everyone and anyone whom the Lord brings your way. Start with family and friends, school mates and work associates. Then like the good Samaritan, love your neighbors, those you know and those you don’t. Pay particular attention widows and orphans, the poor and needy, the lost and least, the prisoners and outcasts.
So, how do we serve others and faithfully administer God’s grace?
- Seek to serve with both eyes. One eye looking as planned. The other eye seeing as God directs.
- Take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.
- Work heartily as for the Lord for it is Him we are really serving.
- Let God work in and through you.
Whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies;
so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ,
to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:11