Reverend Marcus Blair. Cornerstone Baptist Church
1 Peter 4:7-11
The principle of stewardship is to be faithful with what we’re entrusted with. We don’t really own anything, do we? Everything on planet earth is God’s creation. We are entrusted with some things, though, like our children. We like to say they are ours, but the truth is, God has entrusted you with the stewardship of those little souls, and it is imperative that we are good stewards, caring for them and nurturing them.
According to this passage, we are to be good stewards of God’s varied grace. Other translations say “the many-faceted grace of God” or the “manifold grace of God.” I really like this idea. We have the grace of the Lord in our lives, but what are we doing with it? God has entrusted us with his grace. We are not to bury it! We are to invest it by serving others. Let’s demonstrate that we know the love of God by acting on the love of God and doing good deeds for the church and for others.
I must confess that I know precious little about motors and cars, but I do know what a manifold is. It’s a pipe with many openings. Think about it – the manifold grace of God. It’s all the same grace from only one God, but it comes to us through many openings! Think about all the ways you experience God’s grace – through the preaching you receive, through worship music, when someone encourages you, the friendships you have at church, prayer, your family – these are all openings in the same pipe.
Or think about a diamond. If you look at a cut diamond, you can see all the little flat faces, dozens of them, all around the diamond. Each of those is called a facet. So when we think of the many-faceted grace of God, we’re talking about one diamond here – the love of the Lord! But doesn’t it shine and sparkle in innumerable ways? How many ways do you experience the grace of God in a day? Even to wake up and breathe is a facet of grace. Blessings, joys, all of these are facets of the love of God.
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