The Right Gift Is In There

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

I received something dangerous in the mail last week.

No, it wasn’t a bomb, or a threat of a bomb, or even a hint of a threat of a bomb. It really wasn’t that interesting.

I received a catalogue from Harbor Freight (along with a lot of other junk mail).

That darn catalogue, with hundreds of discount priced gadgets, leads to a lot of temptation to do projects around the house. I always get in trouble when I start a home improvement project. I’ve come to realize that anything more technical than changing a light bulb deserves a phone call to a professional.

Most home projects I start are stymied by my lack of tools. Actually, I have a LOT of tools, but the RIGHT tool always hides from me when I need it the most.

But just because I can’t do EVERY project that comes to mind, does not mean I should do NOTHING. In fact, I should be eager to use whatever tools I have that I can use proficiently (define “proficiently” as broadly as you want).

Most of the tools I have, I’ve inherited. They are Gifts. I can always find my most important tools; hammer, screwdriver, pliers, etc… It’s always the odd sized metric wrenches that I have trouble finding.

As Christians, we have received Gifts from God, or tools if you want to think of it that way, to be used in His service. The New Testament talks about a number of Spiritual Gifts believers possess uniquely, and those we share in common. All of the Gifts are to be used for Serving the Lord and Serving our neighbors. Some Gifts have to do with Speaking, and some Gifts have to do with Serving. But whatever Gift you have at your disposal, use it.

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 4:11

In Sunday’s sermon on Service I brought up Philip Smith who was the Principal Trumpeter for the New York Philharmonic Symphony. God blessed him with the ability to play the trumpet. Guess what he uses to serve? He plays the trumpet.

Countless people have heard Philip play as part of the orchestra, but countless more have heard him play while standing beside a Salvation Army Kettle. That’s a BIGTIME upgrade from the standard bell ringer!

Here’s a great article on Philip and his background. Let his words be an inspiration for you to use whatever Gift God has given you to be a Servant this week.

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Enjoy a little of Philip’s music and thank God for all of His amazing Gifts.