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God is Pretty Specific

Friday, March 10
God is Pretty Specific.
By: Adam Munshaw

“10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so 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 4:10-11

Peter reminds us of something that is true about all of us: we’ve been given a gift from God. Every day we have here on earth is certainly a gift - let alone all that we’ve been entrusted with: relationships, money, businesses, talents, children, and so much more. Peter also reminds us that those gifts are not just for our own benefit, but for the purpose of serving others so that we might be faithful stewards. The word for steward in the Greek used here is oikonomos. If you’ve been around Real Life long enough - you might recognize the root of that word: oikos - meaning literally house or home, but the Greek context really spoke to those in our world, or circle of influence.

God has given you specific gifts for the specific purpose of reaching specific people.

God is pretty specific. He’s intentional. What you have isn’t an accident. There are people in your world who God wants to use your giftings to be a blessing in their lives.

God doesn’t want your giftings - He is the one who gave them in the first place - but God does want your heart so that He might use your giftings to reach someone else’s heart. 

The rest of the verse tells us that when we speak, let us speak the words of God. When we serve, do it in God’s strength - not ours so that ultimately, God might be praised. 

When we talk about stewardship, we are reminded of the purposes of what we’ve been given. Money is intended to be a tool to be blessing, not a master to be served. Our time is meant to spent serving God and others, not ourselves. Our giftings are intended to bring God glory, not ourselves.

So, take a moment to ask God how He might want to use your giftings to reach someone today. You might be surprised what opportunities come your way when your attention is on being a good steward of what you’ve been given and your schedule is available to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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