1 Peter 4:10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
Ministry of Stewardship
Stewardship is a Broad Term
When we think of stewardship, our first thought is probably of giving money. While that is part of stewardship, it isn’t the main thing. Perhaps that is what Jesus was getting at in Mat 9:13 when he told the Pharisees to “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ ” In 1 Peter 4:10, we are told to be good stewards, serving with the gifts that we received from God. Here, I think Peter is referring to our God-given spiritual gifts as well as God-given natural talents and abilities. And in Romans 12:1, Paul tells us “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” It is clear that God wants our hearts more than our money. As we give ourselves away in service, however, and we see God working to do things impossible for us, we will want to facilitate that in whatever small ways we can, including the giving of money.