September 9, 2021 – 1 Peter 4:8-12
We recently passed the ninth anniversary of the adoption of our daughter Saphron. The process of saying yes to that adoption was one of the most faith-building seasons in my life. My wife Wendy and I had several conversations about adoption but when it was time to finally make the decision, there were many details that I wanted to be sure I had under control.
I wanted to say yes to bringing a child into our home, but I wanted to make sure our whole family could fit in one vehicle and we had enough room in our home to provide the necessary space for everyone.
It’s a rather long story, but I will summarize it by saying this: ultimately I was able to say yes to adopting Saphron because dozens of other people said yes to what God was calling them to do.
Our passage in 1 Peter talks about the different ways God has gifted people and encourages us to use those gifts to the best of our ability. When we use our gifts, we glorify God by serving one another.
It’s very easy for us to fall into a self-serving way of life. Jesus' way of life always leads us in the direction of others. Another. Serve one another. Encourage one another. Pray for one another. Over and over the wisdom of Scripture is to not just look out for our own interests but also for the interests of others.
This is not easy. And it is not natural. But for followers of Jesus, we look to him as our example and model. For the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross. What joy awaits us as we say yes to following Jesus and serving the way Jesus served?
Questions for reflection:
- What might God be asking you to say yes to this week?
- What would it look like for you to be intentional about using in your gifts to serve the people around you?