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Faithful Stewards

1 Peter 4:10

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

The Baltimore Orioles and every other Major League Baseball team is trying to figure out what 25 players to put on their opening day roster (just a few days away on April 3rd for the Orioles at home against the Blue Jays). Trying to figure out the best 25 players for a team is not easy. Many reporters have discussed in their posts and articles which 25 they think should make the team. There are obvious players who will make the team and then the manager must decide who else will make the team. It isn’t always as easy as picking the 25 best players.

Contracts and options (a player that can be sent to the minors without the chance of losing them through waivers) play a big part in the process. Also having the right number of players in each position is important. An outfielder for instance might be a better all around player than an infielder that makes the team but might be the 5th or 6th outfielder on the depth chart. He might be sent to the minors rather than make the team because there is a need for a certain amount of players to play the infield. The same could be said about some right-handed pitchers when the team might need a few left-handers or starters and relievers. Some players can do most anything – like super-sub Ryan Flaherty for the Orioles. The more positions a player can play the more valuable they are to the team. Yet – most players can only play one position. Everyone can’t pitch. Everyone cannot hit clean- up. It is part of the manager’s decision which 25 players will help him long-term throughout the season and at what position.

In the church – we also try to determine person’s gifting – how they can best help the church with the task of making disciples. We all can’t be teachers or pastors or work on the finance committee. We should all seek out how God has gifted us and how best to use that gift for the glory of God. In our church there is a lay leadership team that tries to place the right gift of a person with the right position. Sometimes we get it right and other times we don’t. People move around in service to our Lord – striving to find their niche – the place they serve well.

My wife and I will have been married for 37 years come August 2017. In that time we have learned – mostly – each other’s gifts. I know for instance that she has a great heart for the Lord and if I followed her lead more often I would make less mistakes. Some couples never find their niche in marriage – the place where each compliments the other. Marriage works better when each partner is using their gifts and helping the marriage and family achieve their goals.

Where are we gifted? Where can we be of best use to God and His glory? How can we serve others and our Lord to the best of our ability? These are all good questions. Today’s passage reads – 1 Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Let us seek out where we are gifted and use our gifts to God’s glory – let us be faithful stewards and serve the Lord.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

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March 28, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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