“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Pet. 4:10 NKJ).
The Gospel is the Gospel of grace. Grace is not an important doctrine in Christianity, but is in the totality of the Christian message, and all that God is, which has been revealed to us in Jesus Christ. God’s Word to man today is the Word of His grace. And by His grace, He has granted us the privilege of becoming stewards of this grace for those around us. God has given each of us ministry gifts so that we can bring the goodness of God to others. A sick person might be wondering if God really loves them. God wants you to minister His grace to that individual by ministering divine healing!
Ministering grace is not limited to ministry! God wants your very life, besides your ministry calling, to act as a dispenser of grace to people. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (KJV). God wants that grace should be showered on people when you speak to them. They should not listen to you and become depressed, bitter, or angry, no matter the circumstance, as much as it depends on you. When you speak as a minister of God’s grace, joy and encouragement should pour out to those you are conversing with. When you meet a needy person who is asking if God is still good, you should dispense grace to them. You show them the kindness of God by meeting their needs. God wants your life to become a visible manifestation of His life, a revelation of His glory. You are called to be a minister of grace!
What gifts have you received from God as a believer and in your specific ministry calling?
APPLY THE WORD
A direct instruction from the devotional above is that the way you talk and act toward people matters. The ultimate purpose of receiving grace is to express it. God wants grace to show forth in your words and actions. Start ministering grace today, and begin with those around you right now!
Ask the Lord today to enable you to become a minister of God’s grace in all its dimensions.
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