What are the spiritual gifts God has given to you? If you do not know, pray, and seek out Godly men and women who will be able to help you discover them. EVERY true Christian has spiritual gifts that are to be used in the body of Christ. We will stand before Jesus one day and have to give an account for how we used the gifts He entrusted to us. You do NOT want to get to heaven and have Jesus show you what impact your life could have had on His kingdom if you would have only obeyed Him and used your gifts.
Some believers may appear to be more “gifted” than others in certain respects. This does not negate the fact that all believers have gifts…if the measure of the gift entrusted to you is greater, then the responsibility to use that gift is even greater. Jesus said in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”
S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
O (Observation) – Lord, I see that You have given us these gracious gifts – but they really belong to You – You’ve entrusted each of us with them for a particular purpose – to use in building up the body of Christ. When we are entrusted with much, more is expected of us.
A (Application) – I am being called to be a good steward of the gifts you have given to me by serving the body of Christ. Just as Jesus shared in the parable of the talents, You have entrusted each of Your followers with gifts and will be examining how we went about using them for Your glory on this earth.
P (Prayer) – Thank You, Lord, for Your gifts. Help me to use them for Your kingdom.
S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 3:15 “…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”
O (Observation) – Lord, I see clearly that when You are on the throne of my life and my heart, I will easily be able to “make a defense to everyone to asks” about the hope that is in me. It will be bubbling up and outward as an overflow of Your Spirit.
A (Application) – Always be ready to share when asked, and always be proactively building relationships with others and purposefully/intentionally showing the light of Christ.
P (Prayer) – Lord, may I always seek You first, before all else – help me to share You with others.
S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 2:2 “…like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”
O (Observation) – Lord, You tell us that salvation is something that “grows,” and we accomplish this by consuming Your word, like milk. Just as a newborn baby needs milk to grow and develop properly, the “baby Christian” cannot expect to grow properly without the milk of God’s word. Your promise to grow us up is true – the Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), and accomplishes what it set out to do – it will not return void (Isaiah 55:11)!
A (Application) – It is impossible to really grow as a disciple without God’s word – we will be spiritually malnourished. Even as we grow in our faith, God’s word is our key to deepening our relationship with Him. May I never stop reading, learning, and enjoying God’s word!
P (Prayer) – Lord, thank you for Your precious word – may it nourish my soul and continue to transform me to be more like Jesus.
S (Scripture) – 1 Peter 1:4, 18, 23 “…to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you…”, “…knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers…”, “…for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”
O (Observation) – Lord, I see the clear distinction between what is eternal (imperishable), and what is not. Our achievements by the world’s standards are meaningless in the scope of eternity – only what we do for Your kingdom is our true and eternal inheritance.
A (Application) – May I never become consumed with the world’s definition of success, and stay focused, rather, on Kingdom work. So many people today focus all of their energy, time, and resources on building a life that will be “meaningful” in our world. When all that this world has is stripped away, the only thing remaining will be what was accomplished for God’s kingdom.
P (Prayer) – Lord, may I always be in step with Your Spirit, and keep me from the distraction of focusing solely on worldly success.
S (Scripture) – Colossians 4:5-6 “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”
O (Observation) – Lord, I see that You want us to be prepared and intentional about speaking with those who don’t yet know You. Recognizing that each person needs to have a unique approach is also key.
A (Application) – See every interaction as an opportunity to move that person a little more toward Jesus. Be a good listener, and authentically connect with them in order to have discernment about how to respond to each person.
P (Prayer) – Lord, may I see every interaction throughout my day as ordained by You, and help me to make the most of every opportunity.
S (Scripture) – Colossians 3:2 “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” NASB “Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.” The Message
O (Observation) – Lord, I see this as a warning against going though life distracted by the unimportant and urgent matters that dominate the fields of our minds. Especially during certain seasons of life (e.g. small children, graduate school, caring for aging parents, all of this at the same time, etc.) it is easy to see why our attention can be demanded of us in many different places.
A (Application) – I REFUSE to be the person who wakes up one day at age 90, looks around, and wonders where all the time went. Yes, life is short, but if we are living for the Lord our lives will be so richly abundant that we will have few regrets. We must submit ourselves to the Lord Jesus each and every moment, allow Him to direct our steps, and be intentional about being in step with the Spirit. Then, we can be sure that our time on earth was not squandered on trivial matters that ultimately will not matter in the light of eternity.
P (Prayer) – Lord, guide each day of my life for Your kingdom’s work. Help me to not become distracted by circumstances that ultimately have no impact in the grand scheme of eternity.