Today’s reading in DA Carson’s For the Love of God vol. 2 caught my attention because I have seen many entertaining the goats recently, not realising that the sheep are hungry. It can be discouraging to see others acclaimed by the goats but we are called to provide solid food.
(d) We must use whatever gifts we have received to serve others (4:10–11). Peter gives some examples, but his list is not exhaustive. If one is called to speak in the church (for example), it is not a time for showing off or for amusing the goats, but for feeding the sheep, and that means speaking “as one speaking the very words of God” (4:11).
D. A. Carson, For the Love of God : A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word. Volume 2 (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1998), May 17.