Tuesday, July 18 | A Faithful Steward
Read 1 Peter 4:7–11
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 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.
“Steward” isn’t a word we hear too often outside of the airline or shipping industries. In general, though, it means to manage another person’s property or affairs. In today’s passage, Peter tells us that God has given us something of His own to manage. The spiritual gifts we have received—hospitality or mercy or faith or something else—are actually expressions of God’s grace that He has given us to distribute on His behalf. People experience God’s grace through those who distribute and demonstrate it as they use the gifts God has given them. So, when we use our gifts to build up another person in their faith, or demonstrate compassion and love, or help someone understand the truth and life found in Jesus Christ, we are faithfully stewarding God’s grace. But when we don’t use our gifts for whatever reason—we are too busy, afraid, or just plain lazy or uninterested—we are being unfaithful with the grace God has given us to manage. In this sense, being faithful means using the gifts God has given.
- Peter describes the spiritual gifts we have as ways to distribute God’s grace. Reflect on the spiritual gifts God has given you. How is each of these gifts a way to distribute God’s grace?
- As you reflect on the spiritual gifts God has given you, how would you rate your level of faithfulness for each one? (To learn more about spiritual gifts, read through Romans 12:6–8 and 1 Corinthians 12:8–10) What do you need from God and what steps do you need to take to increase your faithfulness in this area?
God, thank You for inviting me to be a dispenser of Your grace. Who am I that You would allow me this privilege? Thank You for the gifts You have given me. Please give me insight into how You want me to steward these gifts so that You are glorified and the people I serve or encounter come to know You more fully. Show me what more I can do to develop my gifts and continue to grow in all You’re calling me to be and to do. Help me to be faithful. Amen.
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