God saves us because of His grace (Eph. 2:8-9). And, His grace proves sufficient in trials (2 Cor. 12:8-10) and temptations (Titus 2:11-12) to enable us to rise above. As beneficiaries of God’s grace, we in turn administer that grace to others “in its various forms” (1 Pet. 4:10).
Many Facets of God’s Grace
God’s grace far exceeds our ability to fully comprehend it. Yet, we find expressions of God’s grace as we use our spiritual gifts to serve others. Each of the spiritual gifts provides a different facet of His grace. Don’t take my word on this but rather see what God says in the context of these passages on spiritual gifting:
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (Rom. 12:6)
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (Eph. 4:7)
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10)
Spiritual Gifts are Expressions of the Many Facets of God’s Grace
When we use our spiritual gifts we express God’s grace to others.
Notice how 1 Peter 4:10 equates using spiritual gifts with stewarding God’s grace — “use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace.” Also note that the Greek word for spiritual gifts, charisma, used in many passages, like 1 Peter 4:10, comes from the root word (charis) for grace. Finally, the gift is something we have “received” not earned or developed within ourselves — the very essence of God’s grace.
Consequently, when we all use our gifts to serve others, we begin to see a more complete picture of His grace. That’s one of the reasons churches should seek teach about and function in accordance with spiritual gifting. Note these truths from 1 Peter 4:10 —
- “Each of you” should serve using the spiritual gift(s) given to you.
- Each should view their gift as significant, “whatever gift” it might be, so we get a more complete picture of God’s grace.
- Each should serve faithfully “as faithful stewards of God’s grace.”
We’ll look at each of the above points in upcoming posts.