1 Peter 4:8-11 (NIV)8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so 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 for ever and ever. Amen.
In this passage, Peter is giving us characteristics of what it looks like to live for God. The passage is not focused on the gifts as much as it is the effort. No one is great at everything, but everyone can be great at something. Peter challenges us to focus our efforts on those things that God has gifted us with and to do them to the glory of God. We can all “love each other deeply”; we simply need to remember the love that God shows us and, in turn, show that love to others. The point is, that God’s grace is both the purpose and the benefit of our efforts to glorify Him with our lives. We should all make ourselves available to operate in the giftings that God has entrusted to our stewardship.
Your personal application:
- Examine your life and actions; identify your God given gifts.
- Evaluate your efforts in regard to the giftings God has given you to steward (be honest with yourself; God already knows).
- Exercise these gifts in all areas in your life (church, neighborhood, job, etc.) and steward them well.