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1 Peter 4:7-11, Rethinking Giftedness

Key Verse

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
— 1 Peter 4:10

RCL Daily Devotion for Friday, August 30, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

My kids never got into the gifted program in school. Which is utterly ridiculous, because they are both so richly gifted. But so often we have a limited understanding of what giftedness is. We see it purely as a function of verbal or mathematical ability as demonstrated on standardized tests. There are no school gifted programs for kids who are exceptionally kind and loving, for kids who are willing to do the grunt work when nobody else is, for kids who humbly put in their efforts while allowing their classmates to shine. In short, there are no gifted programs for people overflowing with the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Yet these are the gifts most needed in the world.

Gifts don’t stop there. No matter who you are, no matter what you’re “good at” or not “good at,” God can use your unique and beautiful gifts in the world. In fact, here in 1 Peter, the writer calls us to serve one another with just those gifts. You are gifted.

What are the gifts I can offer in service to God and neighbor?

 

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