God-Glorifying Gifts

1 Peter 4:11   (KJV)   11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

We’re all gifted. Our extra-ordinarily gracious Father and God lavishes us with awesome gifts. He also enables us to use our gifts faithfully. This interplay of God’s amazing 1 Peter 4.11 - God-Glorifying Giftsgraciousness and our humble stewardship of His gifts result in the glorification of our Benefactor.

God knows, desires, and does what’s best for us. He chooses the kind of gifts we need. We gladly aceept the lot we’re given. No complains. The clay never questions the Potter. He Who knows everything, can do anything, and loves us most can be trusted with all we are.

We appreciate Him for being such a good and loving Father. We appreciate every gift He’s given us. And we show the sincerity of our delight and gratefulness through the way we care for and use His gifts. We don’t neglect them, misuse them, and abuse them. We give our best.

Although the influence of or pressure from the world is strong, our eyes are set: soli Deo gloria; we live for the glory of God alone. Sure, being rich and famous has a ring to it—a loud ring to many. Others go all out in using God’s gifts for their own aggrandizement. Not us; we understand that living for self-glorification is nothing compared to living for the honor or Him from Whom all our blessings flow—the greatest Being there is in existence.

With the Little We Have

Acts 18:25   (KJV)   25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

At times, we feel like the tasks, problems, and challenges before us are way much bigger than we can handle. We feel as if we’re unable to cope. Just thinking about them would make others tired, disappointed or want to give up. But we don’t; we know our place, our limitations, and the infiniteness of our God. From the time we trusted Him, placed our full acts-18-25-with-the-litte-we-havedependence on Him for salvation, and surrendered the control of our lives to Him, we already know that this will be the pattern of our lives: us continually dependent on Him in anything and everything.

We trust not in our own strength, understanding, or ability; we acknowledge Him in all our ways. Everyone’s already dependent on Him; there are just those of us who realize it and recognize Him for it, then there are those who don’t. But we all—believers and unbelievers alike live, move, and have our being in Him. It’s in Him and because of Him that all things consists—that we’re kept intact—held together. Because of Him we breathe; we see. All our faculties: intellectual, physical, emotional work because of Him. We don’t dictate the cells of our bodies to keep multiplying and reproducing. We don’t keep telling our minds and hearts to work. Someone else dictates and directs their efficiency.

The Lord calls us not because of us but despite us. It’s not because we’re able, but because He is. He moves in and through us, and gives us the honor of being vessels enjoying the Kingdom work, accomplishments, and victories. That’s it. In Him, we accomplish our tasks and live out our calling—no matter how small or great. We know little, but we’re excited serving Him. We go taking whatever little talent, skill, or knowledge we have. We go humbly yet confidently, knowing we have the great big Almighty God Who covers for our lack. We’re not inhibited or intimidated; our eyes are not on us, we look to Him—Him in us, and that gets us really enthusiastic introducing Him to others, and introducing others to Him.