Serving with Our Gifts

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10 NIV

Reading this the other day I had the thought, Do I use the gifts God has given me to serve those in my house? Let me explain, usually when speaking about the spiritual gifts that God bestows upon each of us, we think of using them inside the church. However, our “church” lives should not be separate from our “regular” lives in any capacity, that includes serving.

The gifts that God bestows upon us is not only for the church at large. They are also for those in our household. Do we speak God’s wisdom to our spouse, our children? Do we pray exceedingly for them as we would another brother or sister of the body? Why do we think that our gifts can only be used in a certain place at a certain time? We must first exercise these gifts in the little–our home–before we exercise them in the great.

God does not set a certain time or limit on when He is available to us and neither are the gifts He’s given us set to such parameters. Jesus didn’t limit His instructions to make disciples to a building, either. I asked myself: How can I use my gifts for my husband and children? How can I use whatever gift God has granted me to help draw the whole family into a closer relationship with God, myself included?

What gifts have you received from God? In what ways can you use them to serve your family and help draw them into a closer relationship with Christ?

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