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] 


Why Do We Need Each Other?
   Your abilities are for the benefit of 
other people. The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:10, 
Each of you as a good manager must use the gift 
that God has given you to serve others (GW).  
   You need me, and I need you. Nobody is 
good at everything. Nobody has every talent. 
There are no perfect people who can say to the 
world, I dont need anybody else.  
   We need each other. We were made to work 
in teams! Thats why you need a small group 
and a church family. Were better together. 
   Heres the key to success: Build on 
your strengths so that your weaknesses become 
irrelevant. Every successful person does this. Just work 
on what youre good at, and make it better.  
   Heres a second rule of success: Team 
up with people who are good at what youre 
not good at. Team up with people who complement 
you. Everybody has something to contribute. 
Nobody has it all together. We need each other! 
   This, by the way, is one of the purposes 
of marriage. In marriage were put together 
to complement each others strengths and to 
compensate for each others weaknesses. What happens 
when we dont compensate for each others 
weaknesses? We criticize each other. Thats not what 
marriage is for. Marriage puts two sinners together, 
so there can be no perfect relationships. But 
in a marriage, you know the others 
weaknesses, so you can help compensate for them.  
   For example, take bill paying and 
budgeting. Who should do it? The one who does it 
better! The Bible doesnt tell us who should do 
one role over another. Just figure out who does 
it better, and in doing that, you compensate 
for each others weaknesses. Thats why my 
wife, Kay, always drives instead of me. Shes a 
much more careful driver than I am.  
   This also applies to your work. If you 
want your business to be effective, heres the 
key: Staff by SHAPE. Help people discover their 
SHAPE - their Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, 
Personality, and Experiences - and put them in the 
positions theyre good at. When you do that, you 
wont have to micromanage them or motivate them. 
Why? Because theyll be doing what they love to 
do, and theyll be good at it. 
   God wants every person to use their 
abilities to help other people. We need each other! 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


If God Calls You to Teach...
   People sometimes ask me what its like 
to stand up and preach at a crusade. Its an 
awesome privilege as well as a somewhat scary 
responsibility because I want to make sure that I represent 
the Lord well. 
   I want to make sure that what I say is 
biblical, and I want to rightly divide the Word of God 
because thats what people whom God has called to 
teach are supposed to do. 
   By the way, Im the least qualified 
person who has ever been called to be a teacher. I 
was a poor student. I never studied, I failed 
tests, and I was a big goof-off. 
   But since then, Ive learned to study, 
prepare, and put a lot of effort into the messages I 
preach. I know that Ill be held accountable for 
everything I say. 
   Writing about spiritual gifts, the 
apostle Paul said, If your gift is serving 
others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach 
well (Romans 12:7 NLT). In other words, work at 
your craft. 
   Musicians, for example, work on their 
skill set. They practice. In the same way, if 
you're a preacher or teacher, then study, prepare, 
and get your message ready. Its a privilege 
to speak for God, and the Bible actually warns 
that teachers will receive a greater judgment. 
   So, how do you know whether God has 
called you to teach? Its very simple. Ive 
often said that if you want to find out whether 
youre a leader, then lead and see if anyone 
follows. The same goes for teaching. If you want to 
know whether youre a teacher, then teach and 
see if anyone listens to you. 
   If you have the gift of teaching, then 
develop it and cultivate it. And if God calls you to 
teach, then teach well. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


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



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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