As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
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 4:10-11
What do these words tell you? They are commandments to me, yet they are still realistic expectations from God. Did you notice where the abilities to serve came from? They came directly from God. When I read this passage I immediately thought of one of my favorite bible characters, Moses, who when God was first trying to get him to serve him, Moses kept throwing up reasons why he wasn't good enough. (See Exodus 3-4)
Moses was good enough to serve God, as are we. He just needed to use the talents that God had given him, that's all --- and where God didn't give him the talent, God gave him an assistant in Moses' brother Aaron. Is the story coming back to anyone? I so miss reading through the old testament stories. They are so much fun to read and write about!
Among Moses' objections before God set Him straight the first time:
1) Who am I to go to Pharoah and fetch those people out of Egypt? (Ex 3:11)
2) What happens when they question who sent me? (Ex 3:13)
3) But what if they don't believe me when I say You sent me? (Ex 4:1)
God is so patient with us, just as He was with Moses. Can you hear yourself saying these things to God as you respond to something He has called you to do?
And the Lord said unto him (Moses), What is that in thine hand? And he (Moses)said, A rod. (Ex 4:2)
Look at the above verse carefully. God told Moses to look at what he had in his own hand to use. God didn't tell him to covet someone else's ability because God had given and would give Moses all that he needed to accomplish the job. How cool is that? We have everything we need to do what God asks of us, if we only just believe that God means what He says. We may even have undeveloped talents that are just waiting to emerge.
So my question today is this: What are you waiting for? What excuses are you throwing out that God just can't wait to overcome in your life? If you are already serving, are you serving beyond your abilities or are you serving within yourself because you are not relying on God enough?
Remember that God has given us, like Moses, all we need to do what He asks of us. Let's get started, shall we?