Has the Holy Spirit given you the ministry gift of Serving? It is to assist with the needs of other people.
IN THE BIBLE
Romans 12:6-8. Having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, if prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; 7 or SERVICE, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with generosity; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
The Greek word is ιακονίᾳ (“diakonia”).
1 Peter 4:11. If anyone speaks, let it be as it were the very words of God. If anyone SERVES, let it be as of the strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The Greek word is the same as above: ιακονίᾳ (“diakonia”).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
It means serving the needs of other people. It is sometimes translated as “ministry” or “ministering.” It means waiting at table. It means active service with a willing attitude. it means ministering to the needs of others.
This New Testament gift was probably prefigured by the Old Testament spirituality of Desert Hospitality.
Do not confuse this gift with the clerical office of deacon. A given deacon might (or might not) have any gifting whatsoever as a servant.
When the church appointed seven men to wait on tables in Acts chapter 6, their ministry was nicknamed from this word. They were called “deacons.”
In our day, to be a deacon is to be an exalted leader in the local assembly. However, in the early days, it meant to be a servant and to wait on tables and to do other work that nobody else wanted to do.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
QUESTION: Do you seek out ways to serve others? Are you especially drawn to it when you receive no praise for it? Do you find yourself upbuilt as you serve others?
If so, you may well have this gift!
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