Gift Minister

Gift Minister By Kirk Hunt

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 4:10 NKJV

You have a gift or gifts.  God gave it (or them) to you as part of the “saints of God” package.  Use them to minister, as a good steward of God’s grace.

Do not make it complicated or difficult.  You have an ability, skill or talent that makes you uniquely valuable and useful, especially to the Kingdom of God.  If you are not using it, you are not being a good steward of His gift to you. 

You do not get to age out.  There is no disability clause.  Wherever you are, no matter whom you are with, you have a God-given gift.  I pray you are using your gifts to demonstrate the many paths of grace.  When God does not send angels, He sends men and women just like you.

In your eyes, your gift may not seem big or flashy.  That does not mean that you cannot touch lives or impact souls.  Use what He gave.  Watch the blessings ripple out, farther and greater than you thought.

All of the gifts God has already given you can be used to build His Kingdom.  The gifts you possess can benefit you, yours and others.  All it takes is a heart willing to trust Him and a spirit generous enough to pass on His grace to others.

There may be sweat-stained headbands in your future.  Your shirt might become tear-soaked.  You may even have to put on a bandage or two.  When you stand before His throne, such things will testify to your stewardship of His grace.

Think:        I should be using my gift(s) to build God’s Kingdom.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to use my gift from You to build Your kingdom.”

 

Copyright © February 2018, Kirk Hunt

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The Juniper Tree Angel

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The Juniper Tree Angel by Kirk Hunt

 

And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

1 Kings 19:5  KJV

Read also 1 Kings 18 and 19

In the prior 24-72 hours, Elijah had prayed fire from heaven, then prayed drought-breaking rain into the nation.  You would think the prophet’s spiritual experiences, depth and maturity would make him immune to human limits.  Instead fatigue, doubt and discouragement left him whimpering under a nameless tree, praying for his own end.

 

Thankfully, God dispatched a minister to help Elijah with his human limits.  Food and rest, alone, enabled the prophet to carry on from the juniper tree.  The prophet would resume his powerful and faithful ministry after this “little vacation.”

 

Elijah slept safely with divinely appointed protection.  Elijah received divinely appointed nourishment.  Elijah received divinely appointed direction and instruction.

 

No matter what great and powerful calling you are doing in God’s Kingdom, you remain human.  Should you find yourself under a juniper tree, look for the divinely appointed minister (angelic or human) God has dispatched to your side.  You will carry on, through His power.

 

Human limits are what they are.  God will help you to fulfill your calling, no matter how big it seems to you.  Your “juniper angel” will provide what you need to carry on.

 

 

Think: God always provides for His servants, even in their lesser moments.

 

Pray: “Lord, I need Your help to carry on with my calling.”

 

 

Copyright © June 2012, Kirk Hunt

Stop And Help

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Stop And Help by Kirk Hunt

 

And David said unto him, To whom belongest thou? and whence art thou? And he said, I am a young man of Egypt, servant to an Amalekite; and my master left me, because three days agone I fell sick.

1 Samuel 30:13 KJV

 

Sick and starving, the Egyptian lay where his master abandoned him.  Despite their hot pursuit, David and his men did not close their eyes to his plight.  They stopped to help a sick man.

 

Gratitude can sometimes be purchased.  A decent meal, a warm blanket and perhaps a little herbal medicine were easy enough to give.  Such little things bought the gratefulness, trust and perhaps loyalty of the young man.  For a promise, he led David to his former master.

 

The Egyptian pointed.  The Hebrews attacked.  The Amalekites fell.  They recovered all.

 

Did David know the young man could help him find the captured families (verses 3-4)?  Probably not.  Compassion and mercy flow from the heart.  The giver is usually surprised at the benefits.

 

Opportunities to minister and serve may come at strange times or inconvenient places.  Most often when we think we have little or nothing to give.  God will always provide what you need to fulfill His Will.  Put your confidence in Him.

 

You may be pressed and strapped with your own needs and issues.  Do not let your own concerns lead you past an opportunity to stop and help.  The lives you save may include own.

 

 

Think: Mercy and compassion can have surprising benefits.

 

Pray: “Lord, give me opportunities to stop and help.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2012, Kirk Hunt