written October 17, 2007 by my good friend Charlotte Hawkins:
Peter said that each believer has been given at least one gift to serve others. We are told to be good servants of those gifts. What do we do with these gifts? We’re supposed to use these gifts to serve others, as good stewards of God’s grace.
Whoever speaks, if that is your gift God has given you, use speaking to serve others. Whoever serves, if that is your gift God has given you, use practical acts of service to serve others. God not only gives us gifts but He also gives us the strength to use those gifts for Him.
“Biblical Servanthood is faithfully using whatever gifts God has given me by His grace. Using them, not squandering them, not wasting them, not ignoring them, not hoping someone else will use those gifts; but using whatever gifts God has given me for the benefit of others, to serve others.” Nancy Leigh DeMoss
How do we do it? By God’s strength, not my own. For His Glory, not mine. Faithfully using whatever gifts God has given me. The servant-hearted person is a discerning, observant person who looks around and sees that person who needs help, that person who needs encouragement, and that person who has other needs.
What is the purpose? “In order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belongs glory and dominion forever and forever.” Vs. 11
This picture was taken while visiting friends in Mississippi in 2009.