God has given each of us a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself is speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen (1 Peter 4:10,11).
In these two verses Peter makes plain to us who our gift-er is and the very nature He gives gifts to be used.
Spiritual gifts draw on God’s willingness for us to use and to share his majesty and grace in service to others. That in the ways we are spiritually gifted we would give glory to Jesus rather than ourselves. And in response to God’s giving be it our spiritual responsibility in verse 10, to ‘use them well.’
And Not On Our Own
For us to use our gifts well requires a strength we don’t have, at least not fully, and not on our own. Peter shares with us in the middle of verse 11 that it is a strength and energy only God supplies. The Holy Spirit. To use well the gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8, prophesy, serving, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership, and kindness, all extend from the Spirit, as expressed in 1 Corinthians 12:11. And as encouraging, and sometimes overwhelming as gifts are they are the various parts of us he uses to magnify the body of Christ, his church, to show himself living and breathing on the inside of us.
Gifts to Proclaim Jesus
In Acts 4, we read how important the Holy Spirit is to our actions. To whom our gifts reflect. That our gifts, in the Spirit have God’s outcome and not our own. Both Peter and John spoke and taught. And Peter healed in the previous chapter. And now standing before rulers and elders demanding an explanation for the crippled man’s healing Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. Before he spoke. Before he replied. He was filled. Peter explained that now he didn’t do a single thing without it being done in the Spirit. That his gifts were to proclaim the very name of Jesus Christ.
Your Gifts Are Opportunities
‘Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this… (Acts 3:12,13).
So let’s go Christians, gifts, in the Spirit, will always glorify Jesus.