Serving Types of Spiritual Gifts

In a previous post we noted which spiritual gifts are exercised using some form of verbal or written communication. Here we want to consider the gifts that are exercised using some form of action or hands-on serving. Click on the gifts listed below to learn where these serving types of gifts are listed in Scripture and possible definitions. (Use the browser’s back button to return to this post.)

Serving Types of Spiritual Giftsgiving

 Some of these gifts may seem similar but if we look at the original Greek word, we find that each is unique with a distinct orientation and different targets or objectives.

giving –

more resource-oriented, providing the funds or materials needed to do ministry

 helps –

more staff-oriented, assisting others to effectively do their jobs/ministries

hospitality –

more relationship-oriented, making people feel welcomed and comfortable

 mercy –

more compassion-oriented, in practical, comforting, and caring assistance

 service –

more task-oriented, simply doing that which needs to get done, often behind the scenes

God’s instruction for those with serving types of gifts:

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 serves, they should do so with the strength God provides (1 Pet. 4:10-11)

1) Use your spiritual gift(s).
2) Be faithful in using your gift(s).
3) Be propelled and sustained by God in all you do, not your own strength.

The third point above is particularly important for people with serving types of gifts as there is always more work to be done and more needs to meet. If you simply “do” without pulling on God’s power, you could eventually burn yourself out and not have more to give. Serving according to the strength God provides, however, enables you to not only “do” but go the extra mile cheerfully, without complaint.

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