1 Peter 4:10–11
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 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.
—1 Peter 4:10–11
The Lord has given us gifts, abilities, and capacity to do good. Peter calls us to be ministers of God’s grace; not as masters, but as stewards. Every person has a unique set of gifts to serve the Kingdom, and it’s our responsibility to use them well.
In her book Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren writes about how Christ’s “ordinary years” before His public ministry are part of our redemption story. She writes, “Because of the incarnation and those long, unrecorded years of Jesus’ life, our small, normal lives matter. If Christ was a carpenter, all of us who are in Christ find that our work is sanctified and made holy. If Christ spent time in obscurity, then there is infinite worth found in obscurity . . . There is no task too small or too routine to reflect God’s glory and worth.”
This qualifies every expression of our day as valuable. Christ died for our present tense. Christ died for today. What you do with today matters. It’s a freely given gift.
Though the day may bring disappointment and struggle, we are not independent in our journey. Because Jesus is the only way to the Father, God is glorified when we serve Him through the mediation and merits of Jesus Christ.
Our daily communion with God enables us to use our words and strength to engage the world with grace. May you be encouraged by how the Lord desires to use you for His glory.
Questions for reflection and discussion: Are you aware of the gifts God has given you to minister to His body? How are you using them now, and what are some opportunities to serve in the future?
This week's devotions were written by Joy Reschke. Joy has been a part of WBC for five years. Her favorite way to spend the Sabbath is enjoying early mornings with Jesus and afternoon outings with her husband, Kyle. If you’re looking for a devotional to read alongside the Living Hope sermon series, Joy recommends Streams in the Desert by L. B. E. Cowman.