Words from the Heart for Thursday November 15th, 2018
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
I Peter 4:10 (NKJV)
Minister to One Another
The Lord has set the ministry gifts among His people in such a way so as to bring a complete picture of His Presence. We have different gifts but we are not competing with each other. And, the Lord empowers us to be good stewards of the many-faceted grace of God. What a wonderful plan the Lord has to include us all.
The Federal Cabinet is also known as the Canadian Ministry. The First Canadian Ministry was the first cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. It governed Canada from July 1, 1867 to November 5, 1873, including all of the 1st Canadian Parliament as well as the first eight months of the 2nd. The government was formed by the Liberal-Conservative Party in coalition with the old Conservative Party of Canada. Macdonald was also Prime Minister in the Third Canadian Ministry.
The Westminster political system uses an interesting term to describe cabinet members – they are ministers. The idea is that they are servants of the people – they work for the taxpayer. The word minister is a Biblical term. 1 Peter 4:10 puts it this way: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” God has built His Church, His Kingdom, on the foundation of serving one another. God has give each us gifts that motivate us to serve each other within the Body of Christ. We are called to be good stewards of those gifts. In other words, we are called to know what our gifts are, and then put them into practice by serving others. Only the Lord Jesus had all the gifts in one Body. The mystery is that all of us are the Body of Christ, and together we have all the gifts. Romans 12 gives the list of these motivational gifts. There are seven of them: prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading and showing mercy. Your role is to discover your gift and then use it for the benefit of all.
These have been words from the heart.