May 10, 2023
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
🔴 There is no one in the church who does not have a gift from God, whether a child or an old man, whether male or female, whether a priest or a lay man, whether a celibate, married or widowed,
for we are all members in the mysterious Body of Christ,
and there cannot be an idle member without a function in that mysterious Body.
➕ God distributes His gifts with the measure that is fit for our salvation.
God gives one person less gifts that the other,
not because He does not love him much,
but because He known he cannot inflame more than that gift. If God offers him more gifts, he will become negligent.
God offers another person more gifts than the other, not because he is better than his brother, but because God knows that that person can work with that many gifts,
and without that many gifts, he will fail in his job.
Hence, God, the Beneficent and Pantocrator does everything that is good for our salvation.
St. John Chrysostom
🔴. These gifts were given from God’s hand,
not for vain glory but for the ministry of the church and all the human race.
➕ There are different members in the church, some are more honorable than others, for example, some celibates, some widows,
some married and all compliment one another.
One’s gift may be less than the other’s,
but it may be indispensable,
so if that member is delayed from his job, many other jobs will be delayed.]
St. John Chrysostom
🔴 As the preacher hides so that the Word of God may appear clearly,
likewise anyone who is granted a gift from
God has to know that he cannot do it unless God gives him the power to implement it.
Thus, the Father is glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and dominion.
🔴 The word “Amen” does not mean the conclusion of his talk, but it means “let it be so!”