Would you say that sometimes you get BOGGED DOWN in your SERVICE in the local church? You find too many other Chrsitians doing very little — and you’re exhausted with all that you do? Or, you’re not sure where or how to SERVE, and you’re becoming increasingly frustrated?
This is my last series of sermons for Crossroads Fellowship Church in Augusta. They have found their next senior pastor and he will begin his SERVICE in several weeks.
But we want to continue our study on spiritual gifts. We’ve looked at Romans 12 and Ephesians 4. Let’s look at the third (of four) passage on this critical area: I Peter 4. There we read:
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 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.
What a powerful paragraph! As Peter anticipates the “end of all things,” he advises the believers to be alert, “be of sober mind so that you may pray.” The highest challenge is to “love each other deeply.” Why? Because “love covers over a multitude of sins.” All believers are to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” And each believer should use their gift to serve others because we are to be “faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
What “form” has God’s grace taken in your life? How are you to SERVE? Two specific gifts are mentioned here: SPEAKING and SERVING. For those with the gift of speech, they are to speak “as one who speaks the very words of God”! For those who SERVE, “they should do so with the strength God provides.” And why do we SERVE God with the various forms of God’s grace that He has given us? So that “in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” That’s why we SERVE! (to be continued)