Gratify Others With Your Service

November 19, 2021

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11)

I was reading the other day about the rhinoceros; a two-horned terror of unbelievable speed, size and agility and feared by all the other creatures in the jungle. However, there is one creature that has no fear of the rhinoceros and it is called the “Buffalo bird.”

These birds perch on the back of the rhino and some even peck into the rhino’s back just like a woodpecker pecks on wood. Some fly around the head, and others perch on the ears. But the rhino doesn’t attack and doesn’t get angry, because he knows what that Buffalo bird is doing.

You see, rhinos have poor eyesight, and their bodies are covered with parasites which they can’t control. Buffalo birds love to eat parasites. And then when danger is in the area, the birds will let out a shrill call warning the rhinos of what they can’t see.

That little Buffalo bird does a great service to that rhino and in return, the Buffalo bird doesn’t fear any predator, because it is on the back of the most dangerous animal in the jungle.

Now, if God can use a little Buffalo bird to serve a mighty rhino, don’t you doubt for a moment that God can use you and the gifts He has given you to be a great benefit and to gratify other people.

We all have gifts and talents we can use for God’s kingdom, so why not use them to benefit those around us and further the kingdom in the process?

Dear Father, I want to be a blessing to someone today in your name. Please cross my path with someone who needs to see your love today and help me to serve them in any way I can with the gifts and talents you’ve given to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Topics: Servanthood

Bible Reference

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.