Gifts

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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

You've heard of "couch potatoes"? They are the folks who hunker down in their easy chairs watching game after game with remote in one hand, snacks in the other, and a drink just a short reach away. The only exercise they get is changing their jersey to match the sport they are watching and the team they are rooting for.

Have you heard of "pew potatoes"? They are the folks who hunker down in the pew weekend after weekend with bulletin in one hand, cell phone in the other, and their Bible just a short reach away. The only exercise they get is standing during the worship songs and writing complaints on comment cards. They have a long list of discipleship groups, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, and conferences they have attended. But their biblical caloric intake is far more than the energy spent in service to others. They are spiritually overweight and out of shape.

In our passage today we are reminded that every believer has at least one gift. The gift is not given for us to let it atrophy from lack of use. It has been given "to serve others." Neglecting to use your gift, for whatever reason, not only hurts you but the entire body of Christ.

Father, please don't let us become pew potatoes. Help us to faithfully use the generous and gracious gifts that You have given. Give us the energy and joy to serve others. In Jesus' name. Amen.