Are you serving the church?

9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:

11 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 4:9-11

In the larger section, Peter writes about the suffering of the Christian in this world.  And as a part of that, as we anticipate the return of Jesus, Peter instructs the church to love one another earnestly.  And then he expands on that to show what it looks like. 

First, it looks like showing hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Back then, that might’ve made the difference between life or death.  Christians who loved one another would be generously hospitable toward one another. 

Second, it looks like using our gifts from God for each other’s benefit.  He points out two gifts in particular: speaking and serving.  Those who spoke, that is preachers and teachers, were to do so as one who speaks oracles of God.  Preachers and teachers are responsible for delivering nothing less than God’s word for His people.  

And those who served were to do so by the strength that God supplies.  What a promise that God supplies us strength!  And what a responsibility to use all our God-given strength to serve.  

If this were done by the church, then the church would be very blessed, indeed.  But the main purpose is that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.  When we serve, we do it as the body of Christ our Head, and His Father is glorified.  

Church, we have a mandate.  Part of the Great Commission of making disciples is loving one another and serving one another fervently.  What are your gifts?  What has God made you good at?  Are you using them to serve your brothers and sisters in Christ?

God, use us as You please, for Your glory.

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