Monday, February 18, 2013

mature insight from Peter

I would have to say that Peter definitely matured as he got older and took a place of leadership in the early church.  He was the guy that was so passionate he went from being praised for his prophetic insight to being reprimanded for sticking his foot in his mouth all in the same conversation. Believe me there are times I can really relate to him.  One thing that he does well is lay out guidelines for how we should live being a part of the body of Christ. We need  to be hospitable, care for and love one another, especially for other members of the body. The Bible says that we should be recognized by outsiders by our love for one another, how ya doing there? He also tells us that Abba has given us gifts and talents that are to be used to bless others. That we should speak as oracles of God, which means that we should be a prophetic voice into others lives calling out the things that are hidden there waiting for life to be spoken into them. And finally that we need to fully rely on Abba for our strength so that everything we do brings Him glory because He is the provider of it all. If we work and function in the gifts that He has given us so that we can receive the glory due to Him then we become no better than Satan who was cast out of heaven for doing just that. Don't get me wrong, it's good to receive compliments. We just can't do what we do forgetting them. On the flip side of that to be self effacing and say that you aren't worthy and it was just Jesus is false humility and a form of pride.
People will know who you are by what you do, how you love and the fruit you bear. What are you known for?
1 Peter 4:9-11 "Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). [Be hospitable, be a lover of strangers, with brotherly affection for the unknown guests, the foreigners, the poor, and all others who come your way who are of Christ’s body.] And [in each instance] do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him). As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor]. Whoever speaks, [let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service, [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through  endless ages). Amen (so be it)."

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