Receiving Gifts - Part 3
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
How are you responding to God-given gifts? Have you opened each box to discover what you have received? Have you acknowledged and thanked the Lord for each gift? Are you enjoying the gifts and using them? Or in contrast, are you rejecting something bestowed upon you, forgetting to thank the Lord for it, or simply not using it? You may even be trying to re-gift it, encouraging someone else to take on a role that God intended for you, not recognizing that God gave you a certain ability to be used for His purpose.
Each day, ask God to reveal a new gift that is yet unopened. Take delight in it. Thank Him for all He has given you, and use each of them in meaningful ways. “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully” (Romans 12:6-8 NIV).