Deep Love = Serving

If you and I aren’t SERVING one another, then we aren’t DEEPLY LOVING one another.

And Peter is going to help us see that.

Let’s dive in.

1 Peter 4:10

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms

First and foremost I want you to all realize the gravity of what Peter is saying here.

I want you to hear this truth spoken over you this morning:

YOU ARE UNIQUELY GIFTED.

That’s why Peter says ‘EACH’ of you. A Number of you could have the same sort of gifting, but no one can use those gifts the way that you uniquely can. Nobody.

So many of us don’t see ourselves as gifted, and when we do this, we are seeing ourselves as less than we are.

God created you and said that you are created in the image of God in Genesis 1:27.

Do you believe that God is gifted?

Then you best believe that you were created with gifts, because you reflect the one that made you.

Some of you view yourself as less than wonderful, and that you are inadequate, but the Psalmist says this in

Psalm 139:14

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

You are not randomly the way that you are.

You were intentionally designed by God to be you.

I think we sometimes belittle who we are. Stop it! God gave you your wiring, interests, passions, skills and talents as GIFTS.

So stop belittling it, and THANK GOD FOR IT, because the polite thing to do with gifts is to thank the person that gave them to us.

I want each and everyone of you to repeat this after me.

I AM GIFTED.

Say it again.

I AM GIFTED.

Why does this matter? Each and everyone of us operate out of the way we see our own IDENTITY. If you see yourself as someone that lacks the gifts of God, then you won’t operate in the gifts that you’ve in fact been given. If you see your identity as one who has been gifted by God, then you will embrace them and operate out of them.

John Piper defines the word ‘gift’ here like this:

A personally unique capacity for stewarding grace to others.

This is a mind boggling thought that I’m about to say, but I want you to let this truth sink in…

God purposely made you the way that he did with the one another’s around you in mind.

He didn’t make you as an isolated being created to operate independently of others.

He created you specifically the way that you are with the gifts that you possess to be a gift to the people that are your brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you and I aren’t SERVING one another, then we aren’t DEEPLY LOVING one another.

And Peter is going to help us see that.

Let’s dive in.

1 Peter 4:10

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms

First and foremost I want you to all realize the gravity of what Peter is saying here.

I want you to hear this truth spoken over you

YOU ARE UNIQUELY GIFTED!

Think of it like this. If you are good at finances, and you aren’t using that gift to the benefit of your brothers and sisters in Christ, then you aren’t stewarding it well.

If you have wisdom from years of parenting, and you aren’t using that gift to help your brothers and sisters that aren’t as far along the parenting journey, then you aren’t stewarding it well.

You are a teacher, and one of the kids of someone in your life group is struggling with school, and could use tutoring…this isn’t rocket science, right? Are you getting what I’m putting down?

In Matthew 25 Jesus tells a parable of a man who entrusted his money to three different men…for them to STEWARD that money. And one of them took 5 bags of gold and turned it into 10. The one who received two bags of gold turned it into 4. And the one who received one bag of gold went and buried it in the ground, and it literally says that this man ‘HID’ his master’s money.

When the master returns, he tells the first two stewards “Well Done…you have been faithful.” But to the man who HID his master’s gift and didn’t use it to multiply it, Jesus called him a “wicked and lazy servant.”

Why? That seems harsh. He didn’t lose the money…but he did something worse in Jesus’ eyes…he WASTED it.

Deep Love Serves one another. If you aren’t serving one another, you aren’t deeply loving them.

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Service and love are so very interconnected!

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