Words from the Heart for Monday August 15th, 2016

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 (NLT)

Sharing Our Gifts

God makes us unique. Some people are encouragers. Others love to help out those in need. Still others help manage situations well. What are your spiritual gifts? How are you using your gifts and abilities to bless, encourage, and strengthen others?

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Devotion

The latest trend in urban transportation is car sharing. As of this past January, Canada had 20 car sharing services with more than 336,000 members and more than 5,200 vehicles. That’s a lot of car sharing – and it can be tough to figure out which ones work best. Or, how they work at all. There are two types of car sharing: one-way and two-way. Car2Go is an example of one-way car sharing. You take the car from A to B and you drop it off wherever. They’re typically referred to as self-serve taxis and they’re most often used for very short trips.
With a two-way car, you book by the hour and you pick it up and drop it off in the same place. When you’re done, you have to put it back where you found it.

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The Bible tells us that the greatest gift that has ever been given to anyone is the gift of eternal life. It came at a great cost to God – Jesus, God the Son, had to lay down his life and bear the punishment that our sins demand. The gift of eternal life may be the greatest gift that the Lord has given us, but it isn’t the only one. The apostle writes in 1 Peter 4:10: “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” Every follower of Jesus is given gifts by the Lord for the benefit of the Body of Christ, His church. There are a variety of gifts – those gifts that motivate us to serve, others that help us in our worship of God. In every case these gifts are not given for our benefit alone, as much as a blessing they are. God gives gifts to His children for us to share with others. What gifts has the Lord given you? How are you using them to benefit others – both those within the Christian family and those who are not yet Christians? What a privilege it is to be a child of the Living God. He gives us eternal life and so much else. But a generous father expects his children to be just as generous. Don’t keep His gifts to yourself. Pass them on.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley