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)
Much of my career has involved extensive travel, and while I have been afforded incredible opportunities to see other places and meet some extraordinary people, Some of it I have to admit has been “work” to catch planes, manage schedules, and be away from those I love. However, God has this spectacular way of reminding me during these travels that his grace extends to all places. Recently, I had rented a car in Detroit and was leaving the gate of the lot when the attendant looked at me after reviewing my paperwork and said “God is good” to which I said “all the time”! At that moment, I needed to be reminded that God is Good and he did it through someone I may never see again but will never forget. Our work, our stewardship, is not always done just in a sensational place or time, but with very special resources that he has given to each of us.
You are on assignment from God. This is why Paul says, “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him” (1 Corinthians 7:17). “You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). You are “a bondservant of Christ” (1 Corinthians 7:22) and a steward of the gifts you have received. Others need your gifts. That’s why you have them.
PRAYER: God, empower with your spirit us to use the gifts that you have given each one of us to bring joy to others, to express your love which the world desperately longs to see, so that we may “live the assignment that we have been given”.
written by Ken Waldrip
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