Gift of Serving

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 

I had a kid in my youth group once who suffered from ADD and Tourette Syndrome.  Needless to say it was hard to keep him focused during a lesson.  I discovered early on that he had the gift of serving.  If I needed chairs moved he was the first to volunteer.  If there was something relatively menial to do, he did it with a smile.  He would even volunteer to wash my car because he enjoyed serving and it was his gift.

It is easy to look down upon the gift of service as it doesn’t earn the respect that a teacher or leader does.  But for every leader or teacher there’s five, ten, or maybe even a hundred people needed to work behind the scenes on the little things.

People with the gift of serving do the things that everyone else just kind of assumes automatically gets done.  It’s easy to take it for granted but the church wouldn’t go far without servants.  And best of all, people with the gift of service do it with a smile because it isn’t menial nor do they consider the work beneath them.  They are happy to serve the Lord any way in which they can.

The gift of serving differs from helps in that helps involves skilled labor and serving is unskilled. Sometimes people will having both the gift of helps along with the gift of serving while other times a person is simply gifted and happy doing unskilled labor.

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