As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
— 1 Peter 4:10 —
Ruben Videira Soengas: Berea Seminary | Spain
As the groom’s wedding day approaches, his eyes sparkle with anticipation. His eager enthusiasm grows with every tick of the clock. In the same way, the imminence of Christ’s arrival should spark the fire in our hearts to keep fervent in our love for one another. This love is not some ethereal concept impossible to grasp. Scripture is clear that when Christ returns we will face the Giver of all gifts to give an account for how we employed this grace. Peter defines it straightforwardly—to love our fellow believers is to serve them with our unique gifts for God’s glory. We are the body of Christ. Each one of us plays an important role for its edification. Therefore, there is no such thing as a small gift. Any dysfunctional human organ, regardless of its size or significance, will negatively affect the physical integrity of the human body. Likewise, any believer who does not serve the church will become detrimental to its spiritual health. Every believer has experienced the insurmountable grace of God in salvation. And His grace is manifested as a gift that we are in turn to use in serving fellow believers. Since it is a gift, it is not ours to waste. This means that we are stewards of this spiritual endowment. Scripture is clear that when Christ returns we will face the Giver of all gifts to give an account for how we employed this grace. However, this should not cause us to serve Him out of fear, but out of love. Just as the groom cannot wait to see his beautiful bride walking down the aisle, so we should look with anticipation to see Christ’s face, and praise Him for working in and through us to love and serve His people.