The Spiritual Gift of Helps Defined
to render support or assistance to others in the body so as to free them up for ministry
Servant #1: He was always there, it seemed, to lend a helping hand. His primary responsibility was to run the sound system during the worship service but if someone needed an errand to be run, he would do it. If people needed help carrying in equipment or supplies from their car, he would be the first to help. He didn’t need to be asked. It was as though he could sense what needed to be done and did it. Everyone appreciated him so much.
Servant #2: She knew God called me to teach and through the years has willingly stepped in to help in various ways. Back in the days before PowerPoint and before you could print nice transparencies directly from the computer, she would do all the printing for me since she had a nicer handwriting. She would help with other visuals as well. Now she volunteers her time to proof read web pages and resources. On occasion she would accompany me to seminars and sit at the book table so I would be free to mingle with the people. I have continually thanked God for this servant.
Both of these servants were eager to come to the assistance of others in ministry. Whether a teacher’s helper, administrative assistant, or someone who lends a hand in other ways to people in ministry, these servants prove to be invaluable.
Lesson to Be Learned:
As leaders or teachers, let’s not feel like we need to do the work on our own. God has gifted people to come alongside of us to assist in ways that can enhance our ministry, free us up to do other things, and often make us look better. Let’s guard against taking all the credit and show our gratitude to God by extending appreciation to these servants.