Administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4: 10

As we continue our walk through the Epistle of 1 Peter, we pick up at verse 9, of chapter 4.  Peter writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.
If anyone serves, he should do it 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 forever and ever.   Amen”
1 Peter 4:9-11
As Peter addresses his Church members, and all who believe in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior,  on the subject of different forms of grace, he points out that each of us have been given gifts to to use for the glory of God’s grace and love to share with the Body of the Church – Christ’s body.  He wants to remind us that Every Believer has been saved by the love and grace of God. None of us earned our salvation. The Word says, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.  It is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 4: 4-5)   Therefore since it was by the gifts of grace and love that we were saved, we want to live in and share these gifts as we commune with those in our lives – and do it without grumbling. Our attitude should be one of thankfulness for the privilege to serve our Lord. Serving others is serving Him.
It is inconvenient sometimes to be hospitable to someone who is in need. There are many examples of how that need may be manifested, but that need may be as simple as needing someone to talk to. Someone that will just listen as they talk it out, and not judge them.  If there is something we have to put off to give that time, or to be hospitable in other ways,  the Lord will make it right.  This is giving love and grace as it has been given to us, and letting the Lord set the priorities.
If the Lord has given us the opportunity to speak for Him, in word or deed, we must speak in love and grace.  We should use the very words of God at every opportunity. If our message is from the Word of God – supported by the truth of the Scriptures- it will find its mark.
Peter points out that in whatever way we are called to serve the Body, we must realize we cannot do it in our own strength.  But with the strength Christ Jesus provides, we can serve and never tire of doing so.  The Word says, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”(Philippians 4:13)  He will present what He would have us do, and give us the strength and power to do it through His grace and love.
We must always be careful to work through Christ Jesus.  When there is work to be done for the body of Christ, and done correctly with each person using their gift, it will get done without wearing people out. That is why the Lord gave various gifts, and divided the task.
Many of us have a tendency to throw the whole job on our own shoulders, and take off running with it instead of laying it before the Lord and making sure we are hearing Him instead of ourselves.
 Let us be encouraged to look to Christ Jesus for the power to divinely serve and always give Him the glory as it comes.  We must never be looking for glory ourselves – only looking to bring it to Him as we serve Him, and the Body, in gratitude, grace and Love.
May you prosper in all things, and be in good health, peace, and happiness as your souls prosper, God’s Beloveds.
 Let us walk in His Love and His Grace,  showing what the form of grace given unto us looks like as we administer our gift to the Body of Christ.
I love you, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.
Poppa B
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, On Line

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