Roaming around 1 Peter 4-7-11 for my lesson tomorrow, and I’m totally digging on 1 Peter 4:10:
“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Christians are conduits by which the God’s grace is emitted from Himself and given to other Christians. It’s fascinating to me that God opts to use His children as a means of distribution rather than simply giving it directly, which of course He does as well. This is a unique function of the spiritual gifts, that they are a means of God’s grace coming to us. This is encouraging because it is a reminder that God is concerned with our quality of life.
The book of 1 Peter is clear that Christians will live an awkward
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Poltus, galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen…” (1 Peter 1:1)
if not painful life:
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if neccessary, you have been distressed by various trials,” (1 Peter 1:6)
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12)
God is specially about the business of receiving glory in all things. One way He does that is through the workings of His people, the church. A chief end of the operation of the spiritual gifts is to accomplish this very thing (1 Peter 4:11). Specifically, the church points to Christ, and Christ points to the Father.. As an exercise of God’s glory, He reveals His character by loving and providing for His people.
Christians therefore are personal channels for the glory of God through His supernatural provision for His people. By us, Do you consider yourself a vessel for distributing God’s grace? Are you a storehouse of blessing for other believers? Do you serve knowing that the power of God is working through you? Do you speak with the endorsement and encouragement of God? This is not only possible, but a command, a stewardship to which we are responsible.