September 8, 2023

Joel Hernandez
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:7-11

In 1 Peter 4:7-11, the apostle Peter offers us guidance on living a life of purpose and devotion as we live our day to day lives. He urges us to be alert and sober-minded, recognizing that the end of all things is near. This call to be alert isn’t meant to create fear but to remind us of the urgency of our faith. We are called to be intentional in our walk with Christ, to pray, and to love one another deeply.

Peter encourages us to use our spiritual gifts to serve one another, reminding us that each of us has been uniquely equipped to contribute to the body of Christ. When we love one another sincerely, practice hospitality, and use our gifts for God’s glory, we are living out our faith authentically. In a world that often values self-centeredness, Peter reminds us that true devotion is about selflessness and sacrificial love. Let us, therefore, strive to live out these principles daily, knowing that our actions not only honor God but also illustrate the transforming power of Christ in our lives. In doing so, we fulfill our purpose to show God’s love and grace in a world in need of hope and redemption.