Whatever the endowment God has given you, use it in service to one another, like good dispensers of God's varied mercy.
The right way for a man to think of us is as Christ's servants, and managers authorized to distribute the secret truths of God.
And the Master said, "Who then will be the faithful, thoughtful manager, whom his master will put in charge of his household, to give the members of it their supplies at the proper time?
For who sees anything special in you? And what have you got that you have not been given? But if it has been given you, why do you boast as though it had not been?
For as God's overseer a superintendent must be irreproachable, not arrogant or quick-tempered or given to drink or pugnacious or addicted to dishonest gain,
just as the Son of Man has come not to be waited on, but to wait on other people, and to give his life to ransom many others."
And this good news of the kingdom will be preached all over the world, to testify to all the heathen, and then the end will come.
for there will be greater misery then than there has ever been from the beginning of creation until now, or ever will be again.
"Who then will be the faithful, thoughtful slave whom his master put in charge of his household, to give the members of it their supplies at the proper time?
"For it is just like a man who was going on a journey, and called in his slaves, and put his property in their hands.
Then they in their turn will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or in need of clothes, or sick, or in prison, and did not wait upon you?'
For the Son of Man himself has not come to be waited on, but to wait on other people, and to give his life to free many others."
and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod's manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them with their means.
And he said to his disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and it was reported to him that this man was squandering his property.
And he called in ten of his slaves and gave them each twenty dollars and told them to trade with it while he was gone.
We have gifts that differ with the favor that God has shown us, whether it is that of preaching, differing with the measure of our faith,
Just now I am starting for Jerusalem, to take help to God's people.
They determined to do it, and they really are indebted to them, for if the heathen have shared their spiritual blessings, they ought to do them a service in material ways.
Like an expert builder, I laid a foundation, as God commissioned me to do, and now someone else is building upon it. But let everyone be careful how he does so.
Endowments vary, but the Spirit is the same,
But by God's favor I have become what I am, and the favor he showed me has not gone for nothing, but I have worked harder than any of them, although it was not really I but the favor God showed me.
As God's fellow-worker, I appeal to you, too, not to accept the favor of God and then waste it.
It is really unnecessary for me to write to you about this fund for your fellow-Christians,
To me, the very least of all his people, this favor has been given, of preaching to the heathen the inexhaustible wealth of the Christ,
And he has given us some men as apostles, some as prophets, some as missionaries, some as pastors and teachers,
The Lord grant that he may be shown mercy by the Lord on that Day! And you know well enough how he helped me at Ephesus.
For God is not so unjust as to forget the work you have done and the love you have showed for his cause, in giving help to your fellow-Christians as you still do.