Serving for God’s Glory
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the [a]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 [b]dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
Peter is reminding us of the fact that we are in the final act of history.
° Because we are at the end – PRAY!!
° Watchfulness – Seriousness - urgency
° RA Torrey said “Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God’s infinite grace and power.
° Spurgeon, the prince of preachers said he would sooner give away the sermon than give away the prayer on a Sunday morning!!
° Personal prayer-life
° Attitude of prayer
° God is speaking, are we listening???
° 8 “And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
° Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”
° Col 3:14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
° John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
° Romans 13:8 “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
° Col 3:14 ~ Bond of perfection. Love is the ingredient that bonds us together in the Christian life.
° John 13:35 ~ Excellent witness. True Christian love is a witness to the world that we belong to Jesus and He told us that loving one another that way will draw people to Him
° Romans 13:8 ~ Fulfills the whole law. If we love God and love each other we will fulfill the whole law, in that the act of loving fulfills the law. The ten commandments can all be fulfilled with the royal command of love.
° 9 “Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.”
° φιλόξενος (philoxenos), adj.; ≡ Str 5382; hospitable, pertaining to show care to strangers (1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:8; 1Pe 4:9+)
° 5813 φίλος (philos), friend
° Ξένος(xenos): I. guest-friend, II. Stranger
° Peter here is telling us to be hospitable to one-another. This passage isn’t explicitly telling us to love people we don’t know (there are other passages that say that) He is telling us to love our church family, even those that are not like us in our own church.
° Hospitality is a gifting BUT it is also a Christian duty!
° Grumbling, I’m sure none of us struggle with this!! We are reminded that we are to do this and to do it without grumbling. (Love is the key to how we can serve each-other without grumbling)
° Cheerfully, faithfully, blessedly – we are called to hospitality with these three characteristics in mind! And when we are faithful to be hospitable we are the ones that come away blessed!!
° Hospitable by being connected. We cant get to know each-other effectively only in one hour or two on a Sunday morning, God has a bigger plan and design for us!!
° Deeper fellowship with the Church – we are drawn into a MUCH deeper fellowship with the church when we follow the exhortation to be hospitable!!
° https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ-ztamQa5Q Look at this video in regards to true hospitality, how food and hospitality are connected and to what we can do as a church to be more hospitable!!
° Where true Heart work happens!! True heart work happens up close and personal, not in larger settings and in big groups. So lets get connected in smaller settings, in places where we can really get to know one one-another!!
° Being Velcroed to the Gospel and to each-other. We are called to the Gospel and we are called to each other, and we should be deeply rooted and connected to both of them!!
° 10 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God..”
° Lets look at another vital scripture in regard to gifts: 1 Cor 12:4-11
° 4 There are [a]diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works [b]all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by [c]the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.Each of us has a gift…
° Do you know what your gift is? AND MOST IMPORTANTLY Are you using it?
° All Stewards in the household of God
We are stewards. That means that we are not the homeowner but the steward in charge. The word for servant here is oikinomos, which can also mean house manager. The one who must make these things come together in the grace of God. A steward has been given authority and a task to accomplish. So what is this precious thing that each of us has been given in order to do the ministry that we have been called to? We are given God’s astounding, amazing manifold grace. Charis is the Greek word for grace here, it is used around 155 times in the New Testament and 121 times it is used to mean the undeserved gift of God. We have been given this beautiful gift of God and we are to minister to one another with the very gift that God has graced us with.
Manifold grace? What does the scripture mean by manifold grace? The Greek word here means multi-faceted, multi-colored, multi-dimensional!! Manifold means to be varied, to be numerous and varied.
Greek: Poikilos - of various kinds or various colors
Let’s look at another significant place that tells us about our stewardship in the kingdom of God!! Turn with me to 1 Cor 4;1-2
1 Cor 4:1-2 “4 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”
~~ We are stewards of the mysteries of God – the truth. We are keepers of the truth, keepers of the amazing Gospel!!
Moreover as a steward we are going to be judged as to if we are found faithful!!!
Luke 16:10-11 “10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?”
There is good stewardship and there is BAD stewardship. Just as in this world there are good managers of work and there are terrible managers!! Take some time this morning and think about the areas of life that God has entrusted to you. What relationships does God want to use for the kingdom? What resources to you have that God wants to utilize? What special gifts and abilities has God put in your life? God is interested in more than just your spiritual giftings but wants to be involved in your relationships, your business, your marriage and every facet of your life.