Give freely

1 Peter 4:10, NKJV: As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another.

Each one of us, at one time or another, has received a gift. Even Jesus, as a baby, was given gifts at His birth. However, He did not come into the world to receive gifts. He was given to the world as a gift, and a very high price was paid to insure that each of us has opportunity to experience Him. God did not give Jesus because we deserved Him. He gave Him because we needed Him. Think about it. You and I would never have had access to the Father without the gift of Jesus Christ. 

Because of Jesus, those of us who believe in Him have certain gifts. Because of the Holy Spirit, those who believe in Him also have certain gifts. I am not speaking of abilities, skills, and talents. I am speaking of the supernatural gifts given that impact the lives of others. If it’s supernatural, it comes from God the Father. 

He never gives gifts for us to selfishly hoard. What He provides is what we need to work with Him to meet the needs of others. What He does for others through us is in the form of spiritual gifts. In fact, if you have received a supernatural gift from God, you can’t use it for yourself anyway. When using it on behalf of another, it is to be without charge. Freely you have received, freely give. 

If you are aware that God is performing some special miracle through you, He’s not trying to make you some “big cheese.” He is trying to get you to see that He considers you trustworthy, which means more responsibility not more personal gain. When you work with and for God, you never have to concern yourself with “what’s in it for me?” Just do your job for Him and watch how He rewards you. 

Your gift is to be shared without a price tag. Someone needs what you have. God is observing. 

Evangelist Bisola Johnson

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