1 Peter 4:7-13
7 The end of all things is near;[a] therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
Among other things, today’s reading from 1 Peter reminds us that we should use our God-given gifts to serve one another. The author tells us that we can use these gifts either by speaking or serving. I love to think of all the ways we can use our gifts for these purposes! Sharing gifts by speaking includes teaching Sunday School, leading a Bible study or small group, singing in the choir, ministering, and so on. Some people have a true gift to share in these ways! Sharing gifts by serving could include helping, giving, assisting in hospitality, sharing musical gifts, tutoring, helping with youth programming (VBS, etc), aiding in church administration, and so on. There are just so many ways to serve God!
At St. John’s, we have a huge assortment of special gifts in our congregation. It is a blessing to see all of these gifts being shared in so many different ways every single day of the week, in many different places. If we made a weekly list, it would fill a book! How amazing to know that God is with each and every one of us every step of the way—giving us the strength to glorify Him through these acts of service, whether they seem big or small.
1 Peter reminds us that even when we are tested, we should love, show hospitality, serve one another, and rejoice! To God be the glory!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the strength to serve you by serving others. Help us to know that you are with us every step of the way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by Alicia Huntley - Director of Small Group Ministries - firstname.lastname@example.org