1 Peter 4:9-10, NIV “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Faithfulness in serving your gift is what will cause you to multiply in the fruits of your purpose. The process of service is a process of working out your potential. As you begin to understand your abilities deposited in you by God, and talents, you must offer your gifting for the service of God’s kingdom, and faithfulness is required to do this. Faithfulness means to be committed and consistent in service or belief. A lot of people that the world highlights as celebrities are people who have missed out on the fullness of what God has for them by failing to serve their gift in line with God’s original intent. People have turned their gift over for entertainment, rather than service, and have gone as far as commercializing it for the purposes of personal benefit. If you desire to advance in purpose and be rewarded adequately, you must desist from such actions. Peter in his writing states that our gifts should be offered as a hospitable service. It should be used with the mindset of stewardship. A steward is a manager; a person who is in charge of managing another’s resources. Since our purpose is planted by God, it is expected that we serve our gift accordingly because as stewards, we have been entrusted with certain abilities from God. In essence, the use of the gift must glorify God, and it must be used based on God’s own instruction for service.
Everyone has a purpose as we have established earlier, and we all have gifts that differ from one another. A person who is faithful in serving their gift is one who will become abundantly fruitful in the area of their purpose1. This means as the need arises for your gift, you will avail yourself to be a blessing by serving your gift. The primary place where you can faithfully serve your gift as you grow in purpose is at the local church. The church is God’s administrative arm of the kingdom, and every project in the expansion of God’s kingdom upon the earth requires a specific skill set. Your responsibility is to be on the lookout for where you may be needed, and willingly, and joyfully serve. I have come to find that those who are diligent in serving their gift grow much faster in their manifestation of purpose than others. Don’t be so quick to runoff to go start something for your own self. There is a place of committing yourself to another’s work, and at the appropriate time, you will be released to your own field of greatness.
Don’t be one to just do the bare minimum, but exceed all expectation. When you serve beyond what it is that can be rewarded you here, God is obliged to reward you Himself. You will be noticed, opportunities will open up for you, hidden potential will be awakened. Most importantly your gifts will be properly refined, putting you in a better place to serve it to the world.
Scriptures to Meditate: Prov. 28:20, Luke 16:10,12, Matt. 25:23, Rom.12:4-8