1 Peter 4:1-11
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Use Your Gift
In what way has God gifted you to serve and encourage the body of Christ? If you do not know the answer to that question, you can not fulfill what today’s passage teaches us. In verse ten, we are told to use whatever gift we have received to serve others. We are to take the gifts God has given to us and use them to encourage and help the body of Christ. We are to allow them to be energized by the Holy Spirit. As Christians, we have already learned that we are called to face all kinds of unjust suffering. While we know our suffering produces positive results in our lives, it is nonetheless difficult. It is important, then, to be a part of the lives of our brothers and sisters by using our gifts to serve and encourage them. Verse ten lets us know it will come in various ways, but it must come from each of us. You can’t just sit back and not take your place. God has a purpose for you. What role does God want you to be playing in your church? How can you use your gifts to serve the body of Christ? If you don’t know what your gifts are, who can help you discover what they are and how you might serve the body? Your are needed!
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?