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. 1 Peter 4:10-11
God gave us gifts for a reason — to serve one another. They are not meant to puff us up, but they are meant to be used. Whatever our gift, we have a responsibility to use it in ministry. As this idea went around in my head, I thought about The Servant Song.
Written by Richard Gillard, an Anglican from New Zealand, this song began in 1977 when Richard jotted down v. 3 on a piece of paper. Returning from travels in Britain, Europe and Israel, he found it in his guitar-case. He completed the song, the original first line of vv. 1 and 6 being ‘Brother, let me be your servant.’ It became the most well-known of his compositions. I hope you will love it as I do.