[Post Conference Devo] 1 Peter 4:11

1 Peter 4:11

…whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Using our gifts is synonymous with glorifying God. Often we associate “promoting ourselves” or “calling attention to ourselves” with using our gifts. We are not to have our reputation in mind when using our gifts, but our concern should be the glory of God. That is humbling. To fail to use our spiritual gifts is to “bury them” out of fear or self-absorption.

Have you identified your Spiritual gifts? Have you talked about your gifts with your team? What do those who know you well say about your spiritual gifts?

Are you thinking of stewardship when it comes to developing and deploying your gifts?

What are your biggest barriers for using your spiritual gifts for God’s glory?

Additionally Peter says it takes a cultivated spirituality to appropriate the Spirit’s power. This may be self-evident, but we cannot use our spiritual gifts without being “spiritual”. Cultivating your spirituality means tapping into the spiritual power that comes to us as those who belong to God.  You are spiritual by virtue of the fact that God has changed your life. Living “in your spirituality” is cultivating in experience what is true about you positionally in your relationship to God.

Each day you should get before the Lord in His word and in prayer to “cultivate your spirituality”. This will insure that you are leading out in the “strength God supplies” as you identify the places your need to trust Him, listen to Him, wait on Him, or obey Him. His love will always convict you when you are lacking love, and direct you to ways to show His love to others. Serving in “God’s strength” means we are not working FOR a position of acceptance before God. We are serving FROM a position of unconditional love and acceptance and this empowers us to love others with this type of supernatural strength.

 Are you surrendering your gifts and your responsibilities to the Lord each day and asking Him to empower you with supernatural love and strength?

 What would it mean for you to fulfill your responsibilities this week with “the strength He provides” rather than serving Him and others in your own strength?

Right now, where do you need to trust Him, listen to Him, wait on Him, or obey Him?

What other insights will help you to glorify God in “everything” you do?

 

-Mike Hearon (Global Servant Team)

 

Pray for CO Charlotte:

  • Continue to see our students partnering with church planters

  • Increasingly develop a mobilization track into China with ELIC

  • Prayerfully build a team of staff and graduates to launch to the Northeast

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