To him be the glory and
the power for ever and ever.
—1 Peter 4:11
In 1 Peter 4:10, the apostle charges us to “serve one another with the particular gifts God has given each of you” (1 Pt 4:10). In verse 11, he specifies two crucial activities of the church: speaking and serving.
If a person’s role is preaching, he should take the podium, not with his assumptions but “as one speaking the very words of God.”
If a person’s role is serving, they should do it as a faithful steward of the gift they have received from God—“so that in all things God may be praised.”
The objective of speaking and serving is not to bring praise to the performer but to glorify God.
Bible expositor R.C.H. Lenski concluded each of his commentaries with the Latin phrase, Soli Deo Gloria—Glory to God alone.
Human desire for praise is misplaced.
To God alone be praise and glory.