My grandma is a fantastic cook. If you stop by her house, any time of day, it is very likely that you will be offered food. And she feels so valued when you take her up on the offer. Our family jokes that cooking is her spiritual gift. It is truly how she loves and cares for people from the gifts God has given her.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” -1 Peter 4:10
The Bible teaches several times about spiritual gifts. This passage specifically addresses using our gifts in service to each other. We are to steward the gifts God has given us as a direct reflection of the grace that we have received from God. God has given us these gifts in grace, and if we don’t not steward what he has given us well, then his grace is wasted.
We have received God’s grace and we share it as we use our gifts well. If neglect to use our gifts then God’s grace stops with us, it isn’t able to move through us and be shared with others. The past few weeks, in his sermons, Jon has reminded us that people will know we are Christians by our love. Love will show through us as we use our gifts to serve the Church. Love will show through us when we serve others. Find your gift, and like my grandma does with her delicious cooking, love on people with those gifts.
Sarah Lancaster is a founding plant team member at The Table. For the past 5 years she has served on our Leadership Team and oversees the worship ministry as a member on our staff.