Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
The Gift of Blessing Others
When I think about this verse, I can’t help but think about what an awesome responsibility we are given. The responsibility of being a good steward of God’s graces.
My dad has had a beautiful classic car for as long as I could remember. A red 1967 Firebird. This car is special with sentimental meaning. It belonged to his brother who passed away way too young. It is kept in a special garage, which is off of the gravel road we lived on. It was taken to car shows, it has been part of many parades.
When I was in high school, he would let me take it out with my friends. People couldn’t believe my dad would let me drive this car. At night. With friends. Without him. But he trusted me. He knew I understood the responsibility and that I took it seriously. It meant a lot to me to be trusted with a special possession like that.
God has entrusted each of us with a very special and unique gift. A gift that has meaning and is important to Him. And He has a very special purpose for each gift He gives.
These gifts aren’t given to us to use selfishly for our own benefit. They aren’t given for us to hide them. They are intended to be shared. They are given to us completely for the benefit of others. We are to use them to serve others.
He was intentional and purposeful with each gift He has assigned us. It is amazing to think how it all works together. We are each chosen for a specific task. We all have an important role to play. We all have a task to fulfill to accomplish His purpose. And it is all for His glory.
Whether our part be extraordinary or what we think is more simple and humble, it is all important. Every part matters. He needs each and every one of us. We are all coming together for His good purpose. We are all doing His work to build His Kingdom. Because we know it is for His good, we can offer our gifts in joy and love and serve with pleasure.
We have been blessed to be a blessing to others.
Being entrusted with something valuable is a privilege and an incredible responsibility. I’m praying that we may honor that trust and that we are faithful stewards of His gifts, giving Him all the glory.
What gift has God has given to you? How are you using it to serve others?