SZN 3/ Week 5

Pastor Dakota Duron

Endure: The Road to Glory


1 PETER 4:10-11

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

REFERENCES: 1 PETER 4:1-9, 2:9-10; PSALM 139:13-14; JOHN 1:12; ROMANS 8:17; ISAIAH 43:4; MATTHEW 25:23

Main idea

Road trips are fun, but have you ever been on a trip and your car broke down? Not so fun. You may begin to think what’s left of your road trip is insignificant compared to the many pit stops you’ve had. But if you turn it over to God, he will make the rest of it, the best of it. The important thing is to just keep moving forward. The past has a way of holding us back. As you reminisce, choose to make it a stroll down memory lane and not a permanent stay. When it comes to the road of Christianity, it is the road less traveled. It is not wide, but narrow. It is letting go of your past in order to progress toward what God has planned. It is to love deeply, even when you’ve been hurt. It is using your gifts to serve others and bring God glory. It is inviting as many passengers as we can along the way. All on the road to bring all the glory to God who we will all be with one day for all eternity.

The “good old days” mentality will rob you from the “best is yet to come” mindset.

1.  Love Deeply

It wasn’t logic that drove Jesus to save us, it was love. Jesus’ sacrifice is the ultimate model of how love can radically contradict the ways of the world. Even more, when we commit to God’s mandate of loving those around us, everything shifts. Love makes up for practically everything. We haven’t been called to uncover the sins of those around us but to cover them and echo God’s intense love for all.

Love all people and be a cover for their offenses
When we commit to love, our whole world view changes
A serving problem is a loving problem, service is a byproduct of love

Love makes a fool of logic.

What is your love language? How can you use it to serve others?

2. Use Your Gifts

God made us with unique qualities. It is good to know what personality traits and spiritual gifts God has placed inside of us. Plugging into community, observing how God is using us daily, and digging into what breaks our heart, makes us more aware of those gifts. As a family in Christ, we are called to steward every gift by serving others.

Gifts don’t define our value, it’s our position within the kingdom of God that does
Steward our gifts in such a way that it makes the world turn around and stop
We have unique gifts for a uniform mandate of glorifying God

The God who created the gift determines what it should be used for.

What are some gifts that God has given you to help others?


God’s glory is not just reserved for Sundays. The road to glorifying God’s name begins with coming together and unifying as a Church. Peter gives us a roadmap to accept Jesus and bring as many people as possible on the journey with us. What we do in our daily lives leading up to eternity is a chance to make it clear to the world that we are doing it all for God. When we love deeply, just as Jesus immensely loved us, and when we use our gifts to serve others, just as he selflessly served others, we become faithful stewards of God’s grace. Let us be intentional and reflect God’s love through our actions and way of living—whether it’s an encouraging word, a kind gesture, or an act of service. And as a result, our relationships, friendships, marriages will endure in any season. Every time we love deeply, every time we use our gifts to serve others, and every time we help others endure it is an opportunity to give glory to God.

Call to action

Think of the spaces God has placed you in and love deeply! Whether through an encouragement, present, or something on your heart, identify friends, family members, or co-workers who could use the love of Jesus through your God-given gifts.


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