Friday, January 21, 2011
faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
If anyone speaks, he should do it as speaking the very words of God.
If anyone serves he should do it with the strength God provides,
so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)
When God’s people face difficulties in life, it is their brothers and sisters in Christ who stand with them. As Christians, we are called to minister to those in need-physical and spiritual.
We listen to those who hurt. We pray with them. We write cards of encouragement or comfort. We might even take food into their home. According to Peter, we are to do this as if we were Jesus’ voice, His hands, or His feet.
What we have to remember is Jesus gave us the assignment. He is our overseer. Jesus Christ chooses to whom certain gifts are given and He expects them to be used for His glory and praise.
As I write this, I have a set of friends who are facing grave difficulties . The parents and the older daughter are going through individual health crises. All we as a faith community can do is keep them before the Lord. Some of us can listen to them-others will do what they can to help them through this time.
We are His hands and His feet. He appoints us to do certain tasks. He instructs us on the course we take in order to perform the job He needs done. When we are fully committed to serving Him, He gives us the strength and the words we need as we bring hope to those who need it..