You Have Somthing to Offer!

1 Peter 4:10:
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Notice that this verse does not say, “If you have received a gift, do something with it to bless others. Otherwise just bide time until the Lord returns.”  It says as each one has received a gift, minister it to one another.  You would have to agree that you fall under the category of “each one.”  According to 1 Peter 4:10, you have received a gift to be ministered to others.  That is the only proper conclusion you could reach on the matter after reading this verse.

Satan would love to convince you that you are a fifth wheel, an electric guitar player who doesn’t fit into the world’s symphony orchestra, that you are as useless as an air conditioner in Antarctica, so insignificant that you wouldn’t even merit a footnote in history. He loves telling people that they have no purpose and no destiny and that they are cosmic accidents. But that doesn’t agree with 1 Peter 4:10, does it? According to this verse, everyone has something to offer others, so nobody is an accident.  You have a purpose and a destiny to fulfill. God did not create you as an afterthought so that He’s still wringing His hands trying to figure out what possible good you could be to anyone.  He has already placed a grace inside you.  If you don’t know what it is, it would be a good idea to pray about it and ask God to help you discover the gift that He has put in you for others.

It is obvious from 1 Peter 4:10 that part of God’s purpose for you is discovering your gift (you may have more than one) and then using it.  So not only is it fair game in prayer to ask for help in discovering your gift, it’s also fair game to ask God to help provide the opportunities for that gift to be able to bless others. Do you think for a minute that God would not want to be in the business of helping you do something His word commands you to do?

Still not convinced that you have a vital part to play in God’s plan on the earth? Check out Ephesians 4:16.  Those in the Body of Christ are to build up each other as each one does his part. If each one is supposed to do his part, that means that you have a part, right?  God’s plan for His Body involves you doing something to build up others.

No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. I am good with computers and math, but I am not good at fixing cars or practical things.  I learned that there are certain things I am just not good at.  I was on the JV soccer team, and I was so pathetic that the only time the coach let me play was when the team was hopelessly behind or clinchingly ahead and it was the last two minutes.  I played forward and never scored a goal, though I did whiff right in front of an empty net once. This wasn’t much different from the Little League B Team I was on, where the coach’s main decision with me was what position he could put me in where I would do the least damage (like “right field” or “left out”). I even rotted at kickball in elementary school. If sports prowess is your idea of usefulness, I was all but useless. My dad was a varsity football player, and I certainly wasn’t following in his footsteps!

However, I did my first piano solo with a symphony orchestra at the age of seven. I was very, very good at the piano.  I could outplay anyone at my elementary school including the teachers!  This is a natural illustration, but it goes to show that while you’re not good at everything, you are good at something. The same is true in the things of the Spirit.  There are some things you are comparatively not good at, but there is something you ARE good at. Maybe you’re a good exhorter or a good teacher.  Maybe you’re an ace at making money and giving it away. Maybe you shine in the area of doing charitable acts of mercy to others.  You have something to offer!

So ask God to help you find where you can be the biggest blessing to the Body of Christ and to open up opportunities to minister that gift to others, expecting that He will answer that prayer, enabling you to obey 1 Peter 4:10.  Amen!