“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good steward of God’s varied grace,” 1 Peter 4:10. That’s it?! Seriously?! I was forgiven, redeemed, restored, exalted, lifted to the right hand of Christ, given every spiritual blessing in heavenly places, and empowered by the Holy Spirit so that I could experience the graces of God to…. .serve another?
We pause now for a deep moment of sobriety….
Yes, I answer, the Eden experience was one of joyfully serving the other. This, we are told, is real Life!
The idea of a natural conscience is that we really see, hear, know and understand the other person because God has inhabited us with His perspective. Therefore, we are empowered by His grace to respond to their need, to love them, to respect their quality design. We are not seeking our own pleasure anymore. We aren’t anticipating opportunities to use them. In our fallenness, we were only conscious of these pleasures and opportunities. Wrongly, we supposed that extracting the most pleasure and capturing every opportunity to make use of another’s personal resource was Life. But we were mistaken. When we were found by God and we accepted His invitation to be Governed by His right perspective, we became empowered to see, hear, know and understand the other. We discovered that graces where poured out on the inside and we could apply these to serve the needs of the other. This is Real Life!
“Let love be genuine… .Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor… serve the Lord... .Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality… .Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be conceited…. .If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all… .’If you enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink…’,” Romans 12:9-20. This is Real Life!
By the Government and Authority, by the Goodness and Grace, according to the Gifts and Consciousness of God, I love to love you!