1 Peter 4:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Peter 4:10, NIV: "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms."

1 Peter 4:10, ESV: "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:"

1 Peter 4:10, KJV: "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

1 Peter 4:10, NASB: "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

1 Peter 4:10, NLT: "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."

1 Peter 4:10, CSB: "Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God."

What does 1 Peter 4:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Peter continues describing how Christians should live in response to the knowledge that the end of all things is near (1 Peter 4:7). Knowing that Christ could return at any time should affect our thinking. Christians should not excessively invest ourselves in a world that is passing away. Believers should not divert ourselves with whatever pleasures we can find to indulge in. Instead, we should manage our minds for effective praying and love each other deeply, including sharing our homes and food with Christians in need.

Now in this verse, Peter says we should take a very different view from others in the world about anything we might call "ours." First, he implies that we must see whatever we have as a gift from God. After all, we have nothing which God has not given to us (James 1:17). Second, we should see whatever we have been given as an opportunity to serve other Christians. In other words, we should not view anything which is "ours" as off-limits for use in serving other believers.

A steward is one entrusted to manage the property of another. Every good thing we have is ours only by God's grace and intended to be used for His purpose. To fail to use God's gifts to us to serve each other is to fail to be a good steward. Wisely using everything we have to serve each other is part of fulfilling our purpose as God's set-apart people.