Welcome to our online Bible study on 1 Peter!
— Read: 1 Peter 4 —
My grandma used to crochet blankets. She called them afghans. On the floor of her living room a large basket held skeins and skeins of yarn — in every color imaginable.
My favorite kind of yarn had a mixture of colors along a single thread-line. For several inches the color would be blue, then it would blend into another color and be green for the next several inches. On and on it would go, changing colors.
Variegated yarn makes beautiful afghans.
In chapter 4 Peter says:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” (1 Peter 4:10)
I love this image of God’s grace.
Like a beautiful afghan made with variegated yarn, Peter describes God’s grace as varied.
Peter is talking about the spiritual gifts that God has given his children. Every believer has a gift, and Peter casts these gifts into two categories: 1) speaking gifts — such as preaching, teaching, and evangelism, and 2) serving gifts — such as exhortation, helps, and mercy.
As believers, we come together in unity, but we are also diverse in the gifts God has given us and in the way we are called to serve others according to those gifts.
This is God’s varied grace. Full of color and beauty.
— Diving Deeper —
What gift has God given you to serve others with?
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