... Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:9-10
It's actually truly amazing and glorious the way God has gifted members of his body in unique ways. Firstly, so many different ministries develop and grow for His glory because of diverse talents and abilities people have, but also, in His wisdom and grace it reveals man's insecurity, pride.... sinfulness--our need for His transforming redemption.
What prevents us from offering hospitality to one another?
Often times, it's plain old selfishness. The desire to keep our time to ourselves. Or maybe worrying about our 'lack' of resources. Our house is too small. We have nothing fancy to serve. We are too tired. There's not enough time. But at other times, it's insecurity we battle while comparing ourselves with another brother or sister in Christ. (By the way, insecurity is another fancy word for selfishness when you really stop and think about it.)
A few comparisons we might make, hindering us from walking in obedience when it comes to providing hospitality and service to others:
- "I can't do that. It won't be as good as her.."
- "But she does that so much better."
- "I saw it done like this once, so we must continue to do it this way."
- "What will they think?"
These are wrong thoughts. Comparison. It steals our joy when God calls us to do something for His glory.
But there's another side to this comparison coin.
- "We're doing this over here. What are they doing?"
When we ask this question, it just judges others, and we puff ourselves up in pride. We are actually saying, "Look at me. Look at all that I am doing." or "Recognize me!"
This passage rebukes idleness and pride, it glorifies unique gifts and abilities from God, and commands action.