Today’s Scripture: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:11

As we saw yesterday, our spiritual gifts are given by God that we might minister to one another. Another aspect of spiritual gifts is that we are to use them to glorify God. Whatever your gift is, use it! Through it, God will get the glory. Our spiritual gifts are given to us by God and are far beyond our physical limitations. Whatever gift you have been given, you have the power of God to use it.

As today’s verse says, “If any many speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth.” His gift isn’t dependent on his speaking ability – it’s dependent on God’s ability. However you are able to minister, do it with the ability God gives. When we use our gifts, people can see God working through us, and He will get the glory. It is not our ability; it is His grace that He would use us.

He is the one deserving of the praise. Through our love and service to one another, the lost will glorify the LORD. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Our gifts help us to serve the LORD better, but they are also a witness to Him.

Jesus is worthy of all praise and worship. If we don’t use our spiritual gifts, He won’t get some of the praise He should. When the world sees us do things beyond our abilities, the only explanation is God. Yet, if the world never sees His power in us, how will they worship Him? Let’s use our spiritual gifts today to show the world His glory.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder