Today’s Reading: 1 Peter 4:7-14
Daily Lectionary: Numbers 16:1-22; Luke 19:11-28

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. God showers His grace onto His Church, but we each experience that grace differently. It is a varied grace. In other words, while certain gifts, such as forgiveness, the Spirit, eternal life, faith, hope, and love, are given to all Christians, some gifts are given only to a few.

For the first century Church, that meant receiving different supernatural gifts, like the ability to heal the sick, the ability to speak different languages, and the ability to receive and interpret visions. These gifts were given only to that first generation of Christians, but there are other gifts the Spirit is distributing today. For example, He gives some people the Pastoral Office, others the ability to become a lay leader of a congregation, some the ability to console with the Gospel, others the ability to pray unceasingly, some the gift of hospitality, others a stronger faith that doesn’t waver, etc.

Peter’s point is that every gift is an opportunity to serve others. We are stewards, granted various gifts to help manage God’s household. These gifts are not opportunities to brag, but opportunities to love.

The Son receives every good thing from the Father. Did He use any of these good things for His own advantage? No! He used every good gift for you. He used His wisdom and compassion to comfort sinners. He used His power and might to heal the sick. He gave up His very own life, so that it could pay for your sins and merit eternal life.

This is what the Christian life is about: The Lord gives to you freely and abundantly, so that you can give to others freely and abundantly. Jesus serves you and you serve your brothers and sisters. God pours so much grace upon you that you fill to the brim and overflow! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

As You, Lord, have lived for others, So may we for others live. Freely have Your gifts been granted; Freely may Your servants give. Yours the gold and Yours the silver, Yours the wealth of land and sea; We but stewards of Your bounty Held in solemn trust will be. (Son of God, Eternal Savior, LSB 842:2)

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