1 Peter 4:10, 11 - Gifts with Grace to the Glory of God.

1 Peter 4:10, 11 (NLT) God has given each of 
you 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 were 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.  


Our abilities should be faithfully used in 
serving others; none are for our own exclusive 
enjoyment. Some people, well aware of their abilities, 
believe that they have the right to use their 
abilities as they please. Others feel that they have 
no special talents at all. Peter addresses both 
groups in these verses. Everyone has some gifts; 
find yours and use them. Peter mentions speaking 
and serving. Paul lists these and other 
abilities in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-11, and 
Ephesians 4:11. Even as you seek to discover your 
gifts, if you see a need in the church, seek to 
meet it. You may find gifts in areas you might 
not have guessed! [Life Application SB] 


   Have you ever heard the saying, God 
helps those who help themselves"? You won't find 
those words in the Bible. The phrase probably came 
from an ancient Greek fable called "Hercules and 
the Waggoner. In the story, a man is driving 
a heavily loaded wagon across a muddy road. 
Suddenly, the wheels get stuck. No matter how hard the 
horses pull, the wagon won't budge. The waggoner 
looks to the sky and cries out for the mighty 
Hercules to help him. Hercules appears and says, 
Put your shoulder to the wheel. The gods help 
them that help themselves." That saying maybe 
true in Greek mythology and fables, but what does 
the one true God say? 
   Numerous times the Bible talks about 
helping others, not yourself. Philippians 2:3 says, 
In humility value others above yourselves." 
First Peter 4:10 adds, "Each of you should use 
whatever gift you have received to serve others, as 
faithful stewards of God's grace in its various 
   As you study Jesus' life, you'll discover 
that he was all about helping others. Dozens of 
times in the Gospels, Jesus demonstrated his 
healing powers. He healed the sick, crippled, blind, 
deaf, even the dead. And he helped people in many 
other ways, such as teaching them about God's 
grace and plan for their lives. When we take time 
to help somebody, we're following one of God's 
most precious commands. 
   Think of some ways you can help the 
people around you. Maybe you can pull a neighbor's 
weeds or shovel their driveway. Perhaps there's 
somebody you could tutor at school. You could even 
volunteer in the nursery at church. As you serve 
people, think of this acrostic: 
   By helping others, you're following 
Jesus' example and demonstrating God's love. Not 
only that, but also God has wired you to enjoy 
helping. Serving makes you feel good and has physical 
advantages. Studies show that people who volunteer to 
help are healthier and make better choices in 
their lives. So benefit God, benefit society, 
benefit yourself, and get out there and serve. Then 
maybe you can help create a new popular saying: 
"God helps those who help others." [Case For 
Christ For Kids by Les Strobel] 


   The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10, God 
has given each of you a gift from his great 
variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve 
one another (NLT). When you use your 
abilities to help each other, God is glorified. 
   God wired you to make a contribution. God 
did not give you talents and abilities for your 
benefit. They are for the benefit of other people, 
and their talents are for the benefit of you. 
   I am so grateful for people who are 
talented in areas that Im not good at. For 
instance, Im grateful for accountants. Because I 
stink at accounting! Im grateful for people who 
know how to do taxes. 
   Im grateful for people who have 
mechanical ability. I couldnt fix a carburetor if I 
had to. I wouldnt even know where to find 
   Everybody has different talents.
   God has given me some talents. One of my 
talents is taking the Word of God and making it 
clear for other people to understand. When I use 
that ability, you get blessed. My talent is for 
you. Its to help you. 
   But heres the point: Youve got 
talents, too. Are you using them to bless others? Are 
you using them to help others? 
   If you dont use the talents God gave 
you, other people get cheated. The way you bring 
glory to God is by using your talents. Use your 
gifts well to serve one another. God is 
glorified when you use your abilities to serve others. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 

   God shaped you according to your purpose. 
How else can you explain yourself? Your ability 
to diagnose an engine problem by the noise it 
makes, to bake a cake without a recipe. You knew 
the Civil War better than your American history 
teacher. You know the name of every kid in the 
orphanage. How do you explain such quirks of skill?  
   God. He knew young Israel would need a 
code, so he gave Moses a love for the law. He knew 
the doctrine of grace would need a fiery 
advocate, so he set Paul ablaze. And in your case, he 
knew what your generation would need and gave it. 
He designed you. And his design defines your 
destiny. Remember Peter's admonition? ''Any who 
serves should serve with the strength God gives." 
[Grace For The Moment SB By Max Lucado] 


   I once had the privilege of snorkeling in 
the Red Sea and observing the bluestreak cleaner 
wrasse fishes doing their thing. In amazement I 
watched as a big grouper edged into a cleaning 
station where several of the brightly colored wrasse 
waited. The grouper opened its mouth and flaired its 
gills, and the wrasse swam into the monstrous mouth 
cavity and began cleaning the teeth and picking off 
dead skin and mucous around the lips, gills, and 
fins of a fish much larger than they were. The 
grouper is a slow-swimming fish that does not chase 
its food. Rather, it waits quietly for other 
fish or crabs or octopi to come near, then it 
suddenly opens its mouth and with a powerful sucking 
action it simply vacuums the hapless prey into it. 
So I stared, fascinated, as the tiny fish swam 
in and out of the grouper's mouth and gills, 
providing a service to the larger fish. In return the 
grouper didn't eat or even snack on them. It seemed 
to know that the wrasse were helping it to have 
a healthier life. When two different species 
aid each other like this, biologists dub the 
relationship as "mutualism."  
   In reality we were created to serve 
others. It is a fact that our greatest joy as humans 
comes when we help others with no thought of gain 
for ourselves. We call this kind of unselfish 
service altruistic behavior. It would be nice to 
think that the bluestreak cleaner wrasse are 
giving altruistic service to the grouper and other 
fish that come to their cleaning station. They 
aren't, though, because the wrasse actually benefit. 
Cleaning other fish is the way they survive - by 
eating parasites, bits of food particles in the 
teeth of the bigger fish, and dead skin and mucous 
on those big fish that cruise in for a 
   Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "Everybody 
can be great because anybody can serve. You 
don't have to have a college degree to serve. You 
don't have to make your subject and verb agree to 
serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul 
generated by love."  
   Our Father in heaven, bring me an 
opportunity for altruistic service today. And then help 
me to recognize that opportunity and to serve 
joyfully as if I am serving You. [God of Wonders by 
David Steen] 

   My wife passed me with her cleaning 
supplies, headed for the sliding glass door. A couple 
of "little ones" had left handprints all over 
it. Just then our two grand-boys - the ones 
responsible for the handprints - noticed what she was 
about to do. "Can we help?" they asked with 
pleading eyes. My wife smiled, knowing full well that 
the job would now take much longer with two 
pint-sized helpers involved.  
   My wife is a wise grandmother, though. 
She could see that there were valuable lessons 
to be learned, so she said, "Sure!" I watched 
from my recliner as the three of them chose a 
spot and got to work. The boys felt important and 
needed. They got to be part of the solution.  
   When people come into our churches and 
recovery groups, their hearts are longing for a place 
where they can feel at home. They want to feel 
useful and needed. They want to be part of the 
solution. The best thing we can do is put them to work 
serving others. And for those times when we are 
struggling to feel like we belong, the answer is the 
same - get busy serving others. Serving others 
always puts us right in the thick of things, where 
God can heal and encourage us.  
   Father, make us sensitive to those who 
need to feel needed, and give us the wisdom to 
ask for their help, even when we could do it 
faster without them. In Jesus' name, Amen. 
[Celebrate Recovery Daily Devotional by John & Johnny 


   If you are a publisher or a pastor, a 
ditch-digger or a pilot, a fisherman or a fruit grower, a 
garage mechanic or a furniture maker, a writer or a 
homemaker, an office worker or a congressman ... there 
are unique things involved in your 
moment-by-moment work since you are a child of the Creator of 
the universe.... 
   You are to do well, whatever you are 
doing, to the glory of God (1Pe.4:11).  Just as 
flowers that grow on the Alpine peaks, beauty in the 
cracks of rocks with perhaps no one ever passing 
that way, are not growing in vain because God 
sees them, so it is true of the human being.  A 
person may live alone, walk alone, and feel that no 
one is recognizing that he or she is being 
patient in the tribulation of loneliness ... but God 
does know, and is aware of the whisper, "I love 
you, God.  Please accept my praise as I walk 
alone today."  This is true of people in prisons, 
in concentration camps, in hospital beds, or in 
wheelchairs.... "Work" to the glory of God can be done in 
every part of life ... which is what makes it all 
so fair.  No one gets a bigger opportunity than 
another.  And no one is "out of work"! Edith 
Schaeffer [Time with God SB] 


When you know Gods grace, youll want 
to show Gods grace. by Julie Ackerman Link 
[Our Daily Bread by Les Lamborn] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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