As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of God's varied grace.
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
For who regards you as different? 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 blameless as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not violent, 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 as a ransom for many."
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
"For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.
Then they 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 minister to you?'
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their means.
He also said to his disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
So he called ten of his servants, gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
Now, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints.
They were pleased to do it, and indeed they are in debt to them. For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
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 was not in vain. No, I worked harder than all of themyet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Working together with him, then, we urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
Now it is superfluous for me to write to you about the offering for the saints,
To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
And he gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers,
may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Dayand you know very well all the service he rendered at Ephesus.
For God is not so unjust as to forget your work and the love which you have shown for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.