God has given to every believer at least one gift. God has given good gifts to believers for a specific purpose. God has given us gifts to serve others. Our gifts are like lights not to be hidden under a bushel but on a hill so all can see how to find their way in a dark world.
God has given us gifts not for ourselves for selfish motives but to serve others. Refusing to be a good manager of the gift(s) God has given us goes against God's word. Therefore, it is sin.
According to 1 Peter 4:10, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."
The above scripture tells us several things:
- Everyone has been given a gift of some kind. However, that gift is not for selfish purposes. That gift is to serve others.
- Through our gifts, we should faithfully administer God's grace. That means we should use our gifts joyfully and faithfully without complaining.
- Use the gift God has given you in various forms and God's grace will show up in various forms. For example, the gift of teaching can be used whenever a teachable moment presents itself. Teaching should not confined to the classroom. Use your gifts whenever and wherever to serve others.
Just as one tree has many branches, use the gift God has given you to serve others in related areas. There should be similar gifts branching out from your main gift. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
Just in case you missed the purpose of your gift, it is to serve others!