As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another,as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 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 4.10,11
God’s grace is varied; that is, it manifests differently in each of us. As we have received spiritual gifts, we are to use them to serve one another.We have all received spiritual gifts as the Spirit has come upon us and we must use those gifts to serve one another. How do we do that?
- As stewards. A steward is someone who manages another’s property. A good steward is one who does a good job at it. The household is increasing in wealth under a good steward.
- God’s grace. As stewards, we are managing God’s grace, not that we have any power over God’s grace, but the church has been charged with the distribution of the gospel and the edification of fellow believers. Spiritual gifts are given to us to accomplish this charge.
- To the glory of God. We are to use these spiritual gifts to serve one another—to edify one another—to the glory of God. We are not to use our gifts to our own glory and selfish gain, but to God’s glory and to the gain of the kingdom.
If you have been blessed with the word of God, teach Sunday school, preach the gospel. If you have been blessed with service gifts, use them to bless others. Whatever gift you have recieved is for the building up and edification of God’s people—both in the sense of evangelism, but in the context for the building up of the church body, universally and locally.
The passage wraps up with a doxology of sorts, in which we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the owner of all eternal glory and dominion. All things belong to him: past, present, future and eternally. As he has charged us with this stewardship, o that we would see God glorified as we seek to humbly serve our savior, Jesus Christ.