26 Nov 2018
Being a Good Steward
We read in 1 Peter 4:10-11:
“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.”
Peter is telling us here that this is not an option in our walk with God. Regardless of how insignificant or lofty our lives may appear to be, they must, in all things, glorify our God through Jesus Christ. Whatever gift or ministry God has given us we are told to use it as good stewards; not of the gift, but of the manifold grace of God.
There is much emphasis placed on the gifts among followers of Christ, which is not a bad thing in itself, but taken in isolation – without the revelation that all that matters is the fact that God is glorified – it can cause us to stumble in our faith and lose our way.
It is all about the precious fragility of the grace of God. We can so easily, and often inadvertently, forget how fragile God’s grace is. It is immensely powerful, yet as fragile as the dew on the grass that glitters and shimmers in the morning light. The responsibility is decidedly ours.
Pause and reflect: “Oh God, show me how to be a good steward of Your grace in my life. Reveal to us all the best ways to be good stewards, to minister in the gifts You have given us, whatever they are, as humble servants of the Most High, seeking to glorify You and You alone. Amen.”