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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“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)
I’m one of those people who has never had any trouble identifying my areas of gifting. I don’t say that out of pride or arrogance but out of gratitude, because I know many others who have truly struggled to discover their gifts. For me, it’s always been clear that my passions are music and writing.
In His graciousness, God has blessed me with these gifts, but sadly, I haven’t always used them wisely or for His glory. I certainly didn’t use them to serve others, as today’s verse encourages us to do.
You see, from the time I was about 12 years old, I dreamed of making it big in the music industry. From my college years into my mid-30s, I played in various rock bands and even did some touring in hopes that I’d catch my big break and finally “live the dream” of rock stardom. And as a full-time writer, I’ve also often dreamed of what it would be like to publish a New York Times best-selling book and enjoy the fame and fortune that come with it.
In other words, for many years I spent my gifts on myself and seeking my own glory rather than God’s. Thankfully, my selfish ambitions and short-sighted dreams never came to fruition. And today, I can honestly say I’m so glad I’m not a famous rock star or writer who lives for the adoration of others.
As I’ve chosen to live for God and His Kingdom, He’s given me so much more in return. I have the privilege of using my musical talents on the worship team at the Boynton Beach campus surrounded by an amazing team of gifted and devoted (and loving!) musicians. And I also have the incredible opportunity to impact lives as I write these devotionals, which share God’s truth.
What I have discovered is this: When we give our gifts back to God in His service, He rewards us with greater joy than we can ever hope to find by using them for our own satisfaction. And as we do, today’s verse says we become “faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Isn’t that amazing? When we serve with our gifts, we become a reflection of the very grace we receive from God—who gave them to us in the first place.
DIG: Do you know what your gifts are or are you someone who struggles to identify your areas of gifting?
DISCOVER: If you’re unsure of how God has gifted you, take a spiritual gifts test to learn how God has wired you to serve in His Kingdom.
DISPLAY: Whether we’re confident or uncertain of our gifting, there’s one thing we can all do: We can give of our time to serve others in any capacity. As we do, we’ll find that God will either affirm us in our talents or lead us toward them as we seek to glorify Him.
Rob Nieminen is a seasoned writer and editor who has written devotionals for Calvary since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. He serves in the Worship Ministry at Calvary Boynton Beach and is an avid reader, an erratic golfer, and an aspiring photographer who loves to cook and spend time with his family.