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Using our gifts for God’s glory

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Dean Butler

In 1 Peter 4:10-11, “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the multifaceted grace of God. Whoever speaks is to do so as one speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

This verse reminds us of the incredible privilege and responsibility we have as recipients of God’s grace. Each one of us has been uniquely gifted by God, not for our own glory or benefit alone, but to serve one another in love.

The apostle Paul echoes this sentiment in Romans 12:6-7, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching.” Here, we see the diversity of gifts and the call to use them for the common good.

As good stewards of God’s grace, we are called to employ our gifts in service to others. Ephesians 2:10 reinforces this, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Our works of service are part of God’s plan for us, ordained before time began.

When we speak, let us speak as though uttering the very words of God Himself. Colossians 4:6 advises, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Our words should reflect God’s grace and truth, bringing encouragement and guidance to those we interact with.

Likewise, when we serve, let us do so with the strength that God provides. Philippians 4:13 declares, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” It is through His power working in us that we can make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.

Ultimately, the purpose of using our gifts in service is to glorify God through Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Everything we do should point back to Him and magnify His name.

So, let us embrace our gifts with gratitude, use the gifts God has given you for His glory. Let’s serve one another with love, and live in a way that reflects God’s grace and glory to the world around us.

Fifty years ago, I committed my life to serving the Lord. I hold an associate’s degree in Christian Education and a bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling. In my retirement, I focus on studying and sharing the teachings of God’s Word with others. I maintain three Facebook pages dedicated to spreading the Word of God. To contact Dean or share you own thoughts, email

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