Stewards of Grace

10 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).

The word for “special gift” is transliterated into our English as “charisma”—which we define as individual giftedness which draws a following. Biblically speaking, we are all charismatic in the sense that “each one” of us as a follower of Christ has received a spiritual gift. However, when, “as good stewards,” we use that gift well in service to others, the point is for Christ within us to draw the following, and not we ourselves.

A “steward” was someone to whom an entire estate was placed in charge of its daily affairs. The steward himself did not own the estate, he simply ran it. And when he did a good job of it, it was the owner of the estate who benefitted, not he. Just so, when we are good stewards of that spiritual gift within us (each gift reflecting a part of that “manifold grace of God”), then others are blessed and Christ is glorified—and that is all the satisfaction we need.

Lord, we thank You for the gifts you have given us. Help us This Day to be good stewards of these gifts so that others will be drawn to You. May we decrease, even as You increase. Amen.