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by: Don Carmichael

11/14/2022

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We normally think of gifts as something we get, received from another, like for graduation or birthdays or Christmas, or even just because, which is even more special, since we were not expecting it.  The design is normally for our need or pleasure, although sometimes we may have to grow into it.  Perhaps the gift is needed clothing or perhaps as the result of starting a new job.  Or the gift could be a game, board or digital, just for fun. 
God gifts us out of His abundance because He can, and desires to do so.  But since it is given out of love, it is not always given for us to use for ourselves.  “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.”  Now hang with, as this might seem confusing, but I assure you it is not.  It’s just how God thinks.  Have you ever heard “It is more blessed to give than receive?”  That’s the way He thinks. So His gifting is often a gift forward, like you may have received, or provided in a Starbucks line, because you could and desired to do so. 
Father, thank You for the gift of life, both now and eternal through Jesus Your Son, a gift we could never manufacture. And yet, You have included us to share Your gracious abundance, be it your message of life, wisdom or strength, calculus or hospitality, or faith and trust, all in Your spirit of love unto peace.
“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” Stewardship directs our minds toward accountability. Take the time to unwrap it. Learn how to use it by following the instructions.  Share it by speaking and serving, building each other up.
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬, Acts 20:35 CSB‬‬
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We normally think of gifts as something we get, received from another, like for graduation or birthdays or Christmas, or even just because, which is even more special, since we were not expecting it.  The design is normally for our need or pleasure, although sometimes we may have to grow into it.  Perhaps the gift is needed clothing or perhaps as the result of starting a new job.  Or the gift could be a game, board or digital, just for fun. 
God gifts us out of His abundance because He can, and desires to do so.  But since it is given out of love, it is not always given for us to use for ourselves.  “Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.”  Now hang with, as this might seem confusing, but I assure you it is not.  It’s just how God thinks.  Have you ever heard “It is more blessed to give than receive?”  That’s the way He thinks. So His gifting is often a gift forward, like you may have received, or provided in a Starbucks line, because you could and desired to do so. 
Father, thank You for the gift of life, both now and eternal through Jesus Your Son, a gift we could never manufacture. And yet, You have included us to share Your gracious abundance, be it your message of life, wisdom or strength, calculus or hospitality, or faith and trust, all in Your spirit of love unto peace.
“Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.” Stewardship directs our minds toward accountability. Take the time to unwrap it. Learn how to use it by following the instructions.  Share it by speaking and serving, building each other up.
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬, Acts 20:35 CSB‬‬
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