Reflection – Rev Ken Connor
Stewards of grace
‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.’ (1 Peter 4:10)
This verse reminds us that we all have received a gift from God, that we should use in the service of others. We do this because, as Peter writes earlier in 1 Peter 2:9, ‘you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.’
We are to be used for God’s purpose, to be stewards of God’s grace. To be fiercely committed to fulfilling the purpose of our lives in Christ, as we have been appointed. Our call is to faithfully administer our own particular gift – for each gift is a holy stewardship which we receive from the Lord. Some of us may not feel very gifted, we may not have a public gift or a sensational gift, but we do have a gift from God. If you are unsure of what your gift may be, then ask God to reveal it to you, and his purpose for your life. Perhaps talk to some Christian friends who may help you be able to discern. The truth is, that every one of us has been given a gift from God, and that each of us are valuable in the body of Christ. None is without use or purpose, and that is why we have such great need of one another, for we are created to complement each other for the Kingdom of God. We have a responsibility to steward this gift within ourselves, for it has been given to us through grace and not because it has been earned. As we exercise the gifts of Christ within us, we encourage such gifts of grace to be birthed in others, so do not hide away, or hold yourself back. The body of Christ needs you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit and for the spiritual gifts that I have been given by Your goodness and grace. I pray that I may be diligent to use the gifts and graces that have been given to me for the benefit of the body of Christ, and for Your greater praise and glory – this I ask in Jesus name, Amen.