1 Peter 4:8-10 NIV 2011
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
Peter echoed Paul’s challenge to the church in Thessalonica.1 Thessalonians 4:9, “you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.” Love forgives again and again as Jesus answered Peter. Matthew 18:21, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” Peter reiterated Paul’s words. Romans 12:13 and Philippians 2:14, “Practice hospitality.” “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” God gives gifts for His servants to use when serving His people in need.
The first time God called me to serve in my church, I was overwhelmed. Choosing a VBS program, His leaders to teach God’s Word and the dates drove me to time spent in prayer and petition. Because I loved the Lord and leading little ones to the Him, He led me to just the right leadership team. Our VBS week was amazing as we served Him side by side daily. Thinking someone with more experience needed to fill the position, God showed me He’d given me the gifts to serve Him.
Where’s God calling you to serve Him?
Using God’s gifts,