Maybe you’ve heard the statement before, “if you don’t use it, you’re going to lose it.” Well, that applies to a lot of areas of life. I’m glad when it comes to spirituality, we’re not going to lose our salvation, but we do need to use our spiritual gifts.
Every Christian has been equipped, has been gifted by God to be a blessing and a benefit to the body of Christ. That’s why it is so important that we are active together in a local assembly of believers. We all complement one another. We all complete one another. The body is not the same if one member is missing, and every body in the body of Christ, every individual has a spiritual gift that they can use to bring glory to God and to be a blessing to the local church.
I was reading in the epistle that Peter wrote, 1 Peter, and here in chapter number 4, and the Bible said in verse number 10, “as every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” I thought about that phrase, a good steward of the manifold grace of God. Manifold, many different aspects. Manifold, it means different needs. Manifold, there’s an endless possibility there, and it talks about the differing gifts that we have.
We have been gifted by God, and we are a steward of that gift, and we ought to use that gift in the fashion that God has equipped us to use it to be a help to other people. Too often, I find Christians are jealous over a gift they do not possess and fail to utilize the gift they do possess.
You need to be comfortable with who you are, and I need to be comfortable with who I am, and I need to do what I can do, and you do what you can do, and you and I will complement one another in the Christian life and in the local church.
I want to challenge you. Be a good steward. A steward is one who manages the property of another. They oversee and care for that which does not belong to them, and one day they’ll give an account of how they stewarded, how they cared for what they were put in trust of or what they were put over, and I want to challenge you. Don’t waste your gift, and I don’t want to squander my gift either, but let us use that for the glory of God and for the good of the church, and you and I together, it makes a strong body.
I’m glad that we’re not all the same. I’m glad we’re members in particular because, listen, it wouldn’t be the same without you, and it wouldn’t be the same without so-and-so, and so we all complete one another and make this beautiful thing work called the local church.
I hope this has been a help in your Christian life today.