I Know Some Servants … with the Spiritual Gift of Service

The Spiritual Gift of Service Defined

to identify undone tasks in God’s work, however menial, and use available resources to get the job done

Servant #1:  She helped with cleaning the church, even when she wouldn’t get paid to do so.  She showed up at church work days helping to paint, plant flowers, or whatever was still undone.  She offered to set up for or clean up after special events.  Whatever needed to be done, she would pitch in.  And, she enjoyed it!

Servant #2:  When the facilities needed to be renovated for the children’s ministry, he was there with his hammer and saw.  He wasn’t afraid to get dirty and do hard manual labor.  No one knew the countless hours he invested into this project.

What these servants did was usually behind the scenes.  They may or may not have been noticed or recognized.  The work they did was not glamorous and didn’t directly result in souls being saved or people being discipled.  But, if they and others like them did not do these kinds of tasks, it certainly would be noticeable.  That first impression visitors get would not be so good if the facilities were unkempt.  The learning environment would have been less ideal.

Lesson to be learned:

Everyone’s contribution to the Body of Christ is important and needed.  Whether we have speaking gifts or serving gifts, we need to faithfully exercise them with the strength He provides to His glory.  All gifts are distributed on the basis of grace and to be administered as His grace into the lives of others.  People with the spiritual gift of service should not view themselves as any less important or less needed in the Body of Christ.  Watch for comparing yourself with someone else.

If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  (1 Cor. 12:15-18)

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it 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.  (1 Pet. 4:10-11)

3 Replies to “I Know Some Servants … with the Spiritual Gift of Service”

  1. Hi. With the permission of the leadership of my church a new productive garden was started in October 2014. It has been a ton of work. Has caused some stress at home because I do the work. The volunteers say, I will come but rarely show. recently, more have shown. I have fallen into some frustration, and I am asking God for forgiveness for that frustration.
    The garden is producing very well, minor milestones being achieved. Frankly, I have received abundant blessing and contentment by this service. Have done and continue to look for opportunities to serve!! If someone wants these incredible blessings then I can show them the way. I am trusting God that the frustration I have by others non work ethic will go away in time, as long as I am patient, trusting Him in all things.
    Today I thank God that I can go for a few hours and get stuff done!! and then those people who benefit can eat!!! Yeah God, to Him be the glory!!!!

    • Yes, Pat, it can be frustrating when others don’t show up as promised. Very possibly they don’t have the same passion for this ministry as you do. Motivation tends to grow out of passion. Perhaps you can work at helping them see the value of this ministry more. It could take letting them see first hand how it benefits others as well as testimonials from you. They need to see the big picture and long term objective … that it is more than just gardening. And, of course, God working in people’s hearts stirs up motivation so do keep trusting God and be sure to invest much prayer into this ministry … for the people who benefit, yourself, and those who volunteer.

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