As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
For the overseer must be above reproach as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
"For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.
"Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
"For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.
"Then they themselves also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?'
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.
Now He was also saying to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions.
"And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.'
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith;
but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints.
Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things.
According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.
And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain--
For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints;
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day--and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.
For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.