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Jesu, Juva

Be sure

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As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies-in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV)

I have always read the latter verse as “if you are going to speak, be sure it is an oracle of God; if you are going to serve, be sure it is not in your own strength.” I don’t think this is an unwarranted reading, but my friend Eli pointed me to an important complementary reading that balances the entire passage: “when the oracle comes to you, be sure to speak it; when you are filled with God’s strength, be sure to serve.”

Written by Scott Moonen

October 13, 2019 at 7:26 pm

Posted in Miscellany

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