Good Stewards of the Manifold Grace of God

Pondering yesterday’s post! Peter had said, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:10-11).  Translation! We are to know our job and do it faithfully within the body of Christ.

The local church is a community of people who serve our Lord together. Each of us has a role to play – other than just “doing church.” Right now, under this unprecedented quarantine, this seems impossible. We are to still use our time wisely.

Let’s take a moment to put it all in perspective. Regardless of our age, God has already given us X amount of time to live (Psalm 139:16). This brings me comfort during these very uncertain days. Our time is but a small blip on God’s eternal radar screen (James 4:14). The time we have left is His secret.  

We are commissioned by God to be good stewards of His manifold grace with the time that we have (1 Peter 4:11). In this context, a “stewardship” is a personal responsibility to work within a local assembly of believers. The word “manifold” means that there are various kinds of work to be done.

Peter finished his point by breaking down the faith-works into two categories. “If anyone speaks (speaking gifts: teaching, encouraging, evangelism, exhorting ) let him speak as the oracles of God (staying within the framework of Scripture). If anyone ministers (silent gifts: helps, serving, administration showing mercy, giving) let him do it as with the ability which God supplies.” We are always to be conscious that it is God who is at work in us both to will (to choose what we do) and to do (to give us the energy to do) of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:1 3). It’s all about him. It pleases God to use us to do His work.

Amazing! Etch the words “it is God who works in you” permanently into your mind. Why? We are to never touch the glory. It is in this way (through your work of faith along with many other workers) that in all things God may be glorified.The word glorify means simply “to shed light upon.” The role that we as believers play shines God’s light into this dark world. And when we work together that light is intensified. When a young Christians walk into a room filled with mature Christians working together in love for one purpose – to glorify God – they know it. 

Think of this! God – One who is eternally self-existent, the One who is all powerful, the One who is always in complete control of everything that He has created – is at this moment carrying out the work of His Son through us. Why would He choose to do that?  It pleases Him! You mean that’s His motive? Yep!

Linda and I went outside last night to view the moon and Venus. It was one of those clear, crisp, cool Ponderosa nights. Beautiful! Stunningly beautiful! I was conscious of the fact that all light in this entire massive universe will one day be shined upon God. All of it! So what? So that in the end God will receive the glory and the dominion (exercised authority) forever and ever. Amen!

Well what about me? As I walked back into my little cabin last night the reoccurring thought hit me that I desire to live each day now the way that I am going to wish I would have lived them when I stand before God. Stay safe and stay tuned.