“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10).
The Bible describes seven motivational gifts: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership or administration, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Rom. 12:6-8).
Everyone operates with these graces or gifts at some time or another and we each have one or two dominant gifts or grace. This makes us special, unique, and needed to others and to our world. For example, someone with the gift of administration is organized and can help to organize others, but they might not be as merciful as someone with the dominant gift of mercy. Someone with the dominant gift of mercy will want to help everybody if wisdom is not also applied. Every gift is a strength within us and sometimes shows up the weaker measure of the other gifts in us.
God makes us interdependent on others so that we can all feel valuable. Together our gifts balance out each other for protection, preservation, and lasting prosperity. Parents bring balance in dealing with children. Managers bring balance in making important decisions. Leaders lead, understanding the gifts and grace in each person, and place them accordingly in roles that they can fulfill successfully. Peter encourages us to use our gifts to serve others. We all are gifted and yet we need each other. You are valuable.
I am unique and designed by God to be blessed and to be a blessing to others.
Read the Bible in One Year: Isaiah 26,27; Philippians 2.