March 3rd, 2023

1 Peter 4:8-11 CSB8 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

I love this passage of scripture because it nicely sums up how our relationship with God should be. Out of Christ’s love for us, and by his sacrificial example, we are to love others like Christ loves his church. We are to use the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of others, so that we may give God glory and praise. Service to others, in love, is an act of worship that I believe is a sweet smell to God. Through our works for others, via our God-enabled gifts, we point people to Christ instead of toward ourselves, while also producing a multitude of fruit. I specifically like verse 11, because it talks about the idea of having such a closeness with God, that when we speak, our attitudes and feelings should be so aligned with God’s that our words and his are indistinguishable. This is how Jesus lived every single day while he was on Earth. Peter was a witness to it, and so he knew it to be true. It seems like this should be a motivational force for us, to walk so closely with God that when we speak, we should speak as one who speaks God’s words, and when we serve, we should serve with all the strength God provides. To know that this level of intimacy with God is available to us, through Christ, but is also where the sanctification process is driving us, is an incredible gift that should at some level humble and delight us.