What gifts have you been given that you are able to “give back”?
1 Peter 4:10-11 “Love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless – cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way God’s bright presence will be in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything – encores to the end of time. Oh yes!”
And the simplified version of 1Peter4:10 from the ESV reads, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”
In the first version, Eugene H. Peterson in The Message mentioned two specific gifts: words and help. As bloggers, we know the gift of words is ours – and we intend by sharing our words to be a help to our readers, right?
How has the sharing of my words helped you? Did the reciprocity of giving and receiving described in 1Peter 4:10-11 speak to your heart as it did to mine?
In my Daily Guideposts devotional yesterday morning, Sabra Ciancanelli shared this scripture and ended with a prayer. I spoke it to my God today.
“Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the variety of blessings You bestow upon us and the magic that happens when we share, honor, and celebrate our gifts.” Amen