Not Serving Themselves but You

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you in regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who brought you the good news through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. These are things that even the angels desire to look into. -1Peter 1:12 ISV

I have been around spiritual gifts since the 70s. I first remember hearing prophetic words spoken in church in 1977. Yet I have never thought about what Peter writes here. Mostly folks who speak prophetically have a sense that they are serving God as they exercise this spiritual gift. Most of them believing that they are obeying God and doing his will.

Yet there is a beautiful truth that is offered by the above verse. In reality serving God always involves serving others. In his first epistle John tells us that we show our love for God by loving one another. The exercise of spiritual gifts is an extension of God's love. They are meant to encourage and comfort. These divine gifts have always been gifts of service.

Help me to develop a heart of service Lord. Use the gifts you have put in me to serve others.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.

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