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Sharing God’s Grace

April 5th, 2018

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 ESV)

God’s grace to us is not only what we receive but also what we share with one another. Jesus told the parable of a servant who had been forgiven a great debt by his master, but he immediately went out and demanded another servant who owed him a small amount of money repay him. He had received mercy and grace but did not share them with others.

Peter described Christian service as ministering God’s grace in various forms. He summed up all the different spiritual gifts in two separate categories: speaking and serving. The speaking gifts include: prophecy, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge. The serving gifts include: service, helps, healing, working of miracles, administration, contribution, leadership. Some gifts are expressed both with words and with service: mercy, healing, leadership, tongues or languages.

While we may get bogged down in the different interpretations of various spiritual gifts – such as whether or not the sign gifts are operative today or only existed during the Apostolic Era (See 1 Cor. 13:8 and 2 Cor. 12:12) – the greater principle we should grasp clearly: Christ’s grace is to work in us and through us to bring grace to others.

All that we do for God, we should do in a spirit of willing service, as grateful recipients of His grace. And not only does our gratitude fuel our service, but the very nature of the way we serve also has the character of God’s grace shared with others, in order that they may receive God’s grace to them. Grace is to permeate all that we do – our motive, the nature of our service, and the end result in the lives of others.

Christ spoke of this same spiritual principle when He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). I pray this day that the Lord will touch you with His grace and that you may receive and share His grace with others.

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