In verse 10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Peter reminds us of the gifts God has given us and how we should use them. Our gifts have been given to us not for pride or self indulgence but for a way to serve others and dispense the grace of God to people around us. God primarily gave us the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be used in the church of Jesus Christ. No matter what that gift is your church fellowship, and the church universal, should benefit from it more than anyone else. No matter what the gift, we are to display God’s grace with whomever we come in contact. God extends His grace to us freely and we have no right to withhold that grace from others. As we live in these last days God can gain glory in our lives as we share the grace of God with the lost and the saved.
Whether we speak or serve as a child of God we need to do it through the power of the Holy spirit and all for the glory of God. Getting through tough days and hard times we may have forgotten that serving others is a Christlike activity. When God gives us abilities He desires that all we do we do for His glory and praise. Why did Peter choose these gifts to illustrate what he wanted to get across to the people he was writing to? Speaking and serving are two things we can do regularly and without being hindered by circumstances around us. During the time where Peter was reminding them that the end was near it seems he wanted them to realize how important their words were to others. What we say and how we say it may provide for someone an opportunity to know the Lord or to be pushed away from Him by the way we communicate with others.
Again, we are to be loving and kind in the way we express our ideas and are we willing to listen instead of talk, if necessary. Generally serving as Christ served others is something people will point out as an activity they don’t always see, particularly if you are not expecting something in return.
You see, Peter is using these examples to remind his readers that they need to be busy with the Father business during the waiting time before Jesus returns.