Giving Our First: Excellence

Day 21: 1 Peter 4:10-11

Reading these verses, you might focus on the message that God has given you a spiritual gift and you should use it. This meaningful lesson is absolutely true. Why does this matter?

As I prepared for this devotional, God brought me to the verses in 1 Peter 4:7-8. We are living in the last days before Christ’s return. In those verses, Peter tells us to continually “show deep love for one another."

How do we show deep love for one another? By giving our best in all we do for others. It’s all about using our God-given natural abilities and spiritual gifts; be obedient to His will for you, and he will give you what you need to accomplish His plan and bring him glory.

Give it everything you’ve got. leave nothing in reserve. Give 110 percent in all God has for you to do. When you max out your efforts, then you give glory to God through Jesus Christ who gave you the strength to do so.

God has not given us gifts so we may only use 75 percent of it. Sometimes we put blame on a situation or obstacle being too difficult, taking too much time, being too busy, not feeling like it, or disagreeing with who we have to work with.

Simply put though, our perspective should shift to not view these as viable reasons but rather trials that burn imperfections out of us when we give our best and our all.

What a wonderful privilege to be part of God’s plan and to be used by him to share the good news of Jesus to the world! When you feel led by the Holy Spirit to love others, “do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies” (v11). Use your gifts and watch what God does–because you give it your best. The how is more important than the what.

Ask yourself today: What can I do differently starting right now to use my gifts with all the strength and energy God supplies?