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Stewards of God's Grace

John Collins05/25/2012
1 Peter 4 tells us that we should be good stewards of God's grace, and be willing to suffer for it.

Christ suffered for us, and we should arm ourselves in the same way of thinking.  Any person suffering for Christ has ceased from sin, for they are no longer living for the passions of the mortal bodies but are living for the will of God.  

The time for joining in the evils of the Gentile world is past, and because you may have joined in their sin, they will be surprised when you do not continue in it.  But they will all give an account to God during the judgement.

For this reason, the Gospel was preached to both those who were willing to serve and those who would continue in sin.  Though they are judged in the flesh the way people will judge, they can live in the spirit the way that God does.

The end of all things is at hand.  Be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.  We should continue loving one another, because Love covers a multitude of sins.

We should be hospitable to others.  Each person has received a gift, and they should use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace.  Those who are given the gift of prophesy should speak only the oracles of God.  Those that serve should serve by the strength that God supplies.  Everything should be done to give God the glory through Jesus Christ.  
Do not be surprised when the tests come.  It will seem as though something strange is happening to you.  You should rejoice, because you are sharing the suffering of Christ.  In doing so, you will be rejoicing even more when His glory is revealed.

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed.  The spirit of God and His glory is resting upon you.  

Let none of you suffer shame for the evils of the world.  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, let him Glorify God.  

The time of judgement is ready to begin at the household of God.  If judgement begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the Gospel?  If the righteous can barely be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?  

Those who suffer according to God's will should entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we ready to suffer for Christ?  Have we put away our sinful ways and idolatry of the past?  Do we live in the spirit of God, or have we chosen the ways of the flesh?  Do we cover a multitude of sin by showing others Divine Love?  Do we use our gifts for the glory of God through Jesus Christ?  Do we take our trials or the sinful ways of our past and use them for the glory of God?  Have we entrusted our soul to our Creator while doing good?