Tuesday, September 14, 2010

daily text 9/14

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
"In proportion as each one has received a gift, use it in ministering to one another as fine stewards of God's undeserved kindness expressed in various ways"

(1 Peter 4:10)

The qualifying term "in proportion" indicates that qualities and abilities may vary not only in nature but also in extent. Even so, each one is urged to "use it [that is, any particular gift he has received] in ministering to one another." Moreoever, the expression "use it . . . as fine stewards" is a command. Hence, we should ask ourselves: 'Do I, indeed, use the gifts with which I am entrusted to fortify my fellow believers?' (Compare 1 Timothy 5:9, 10) 'Or do I use the abilities that I receive from Jehovah mainly to benefit myself—perhaps to acquire riches or to attain social status?' (1 Corinthians 4:7) If we use our gifts "in ministering to one another," we will be pleasing Jehovah.—Proverbs 19:17; Hebrews 13:16.
(Watchtower issue: 1/15/09, 3:4, 7)