Purpose of the gift of service: The gift of service is such a sweet gift in children. Romans 12:7 – The purpose of the motivational gift of serving is to demonstrate love by offering practical assistance, not necessarily needs. Many people have the gift of serving and it may seem that there are more with this gift than any of the other seven gifts, primarily because we tend to recognize it more. These individuals take special care to identify the needs of those around them. The goal is to keep one another built up to enable us all to see beyond our own needs and reach outside ourselves and into the community.
The spiritual gift of service (ministering) covers a wide range of activities. There are two Greek words for this gift. The first one, found in Romans 12:7, is Diakonia. The basic meaning of this word is “to wait tables,” but it is most often translated in the Bible as “ministry.” It refers to any act of service done in genuine love for the edification of the community. Our word “deacon” comes from the same Greek word.
The word Antilepsis is translated as “helping” and is in 1 Corinthians 12:28. It has a similar meaning: to help or aid in love within the community. And “ministering” in Romans 12:7. The one who is a server has the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by rendering practical help in both physical and spiritual matters; they help take care of the daily aspects of life. Watch for children that enjoy assisting n the needs of their friends, and even those they don’t know.
A server can be described as one who works very much behind the scenes, quietly, without regard for recognition or self-promotion. This spiritual gift is just as important to the Lord as the more public gifts. Helpers do the little things that we take for granted and can work alone without supervision. They will often do things that no one else notices and often don’t mention what they have done. The gift of service is a strong and powerful gift. And when one serves with humility there are great rewards.
Character Traits of the Child with the gift of Service
Your precious servant is just as spiritual in nature and as important as anyone in the church, or in business, or at home and in the community. Think of where we would be without volunteers in the non-profit sector, including the churches across America. Churches depend on their memberships to take an active role in meeting the natural needs such as cleaning the church pews, cooking meals, cutting the grass, etc.
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