God equips His children to participate in His work on earth.
Imagine water flowing down a rock to a stream, then a river, and ultimately flowing out into the ocean. In a similar way, everything flows out of God’s provision for us. When God gives us abilities or other blessings, it’s not an accident, a product of our own hard work, or the result of good genes. Our God is a God who knows what He is doing—and He very specifically and intentionally gives us each different gifts, sometimes just for the benefit of others (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
If you have particular skills, strengths, or financial blessings, give Him thanks. The purpose of our gifts isn’t to make us feel better about ourselves or improve the way other people see us. God’s gifts are an opportunity for us to know Him better and participate in building His kingdom. Through them, and in obedience to Him, we fulfill His mission.
Think about it
• What do you think it means to be “good stewards of the multifaceted grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10) in today’s culture?
• How do you feel, knowing that God gifts us differently on purpose?