by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday, December 5, 2005
The Gift of Service
As Christians, we all are commanded to serve. However, God gives some the gift of service. The lifestyle of such believers is geared to meeting needs and acting as role models in the body of Christ. Several identifying marks accompany this gift of helps.
Discernment of practical needs along with a strong desire to meet them are two distinguishing characteristics of believers gifted in this way. They will often be the first to respond — the Spirit will prompt them to disregard personal weariness, urge them to continue on when others take a break, and make them reluctant to say no. Spiritually wired to serve, they find it hard to let needs go unmet. It brings them joy to assume many small responsibilities so that they can free someone else to achieve his or her goal.
If we have this gift, we will actively look for ways to assist others. Being hospitable is one way; making others feel cared about is another. Remembering favorite foods or special dates can communicate that we consider people important. Since we are the Lord’s representatives, our concern likewise conveys that God values them.
Making a difference matters to believers endowed in this way, so they tend to ask for feedback and prefer short-terms plans that show progress is being made. Even when they feel inadequate for a God-given assignment, their gift often motivates them past their weaknesses to success.
A service opportunity identified by the Spirit is one to be met. For those who love to serve, such “work” is deeply satisfying. Is this characteristic of you?