Gift of Helps

Romans 16:1-2

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church in Cenchrea. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.

The gift of helps is very similar to the gift of service.  Both are gifts that are used in a physical way.  Many people even lump these two gifts together but I believe there is reason to separate them.

People with the gift of service tend to minister anonymously.  They may likely even prefer it, working in the background, doing things that others don’t desire to do.  People with the gift of helps labor more in the forefront.

Those with the gift of helps are skilled laborers.  Not that this makes them better than unskilled workers but only certain people can do what they do.  They are electricians, plumbers, construction workers, and carpenters.  These are the people who are called upon by the church when there is a specific need and often they provide their services for free or at a reduced rate.

People with the gift of helps are also the ones who have a keen eye as to what may need to be done or what the church may need in the future as it moves forward.  For this reason they make important trustees or property commission people.

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