Spiritual Gifts | Devotion #2: The Gift of Serving
The gift of the Holy Spirit (Ghost) is a commonly debated topic in the Church today.
There are many different beliefs on what the gifts are, how they are used and if we do or do not have them. I am not going to argue either way as I write this. I am simply going to talk about one of the gifts that is not written about in the Bible.
Romans 12:6-8 says, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
One of my favorite sayings my Dad says is, “You were made on purpose for a purpose.” He says it all the time. He says it in sermons, to kids, teenagers, and people of all ages. The saying is very biblically based; you were 100% made on purpose for a purpose.
Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
You are unique, and that also goes for the gifts you receive according to the grace given to you. The gifts Paul writes about in Romans are prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, generosity, leadership, and mercy. There are other gifts of the Spirit the Bible talks about, but I am writing about the ones Paul writes about in Romans chapter 12. You may be blessed with one or more of these gifts. You were called to use these gifts to bring glory to God and spread the Gospel.
I would like to talk about one of the gifts, the gift of serving. You who have the gift of serving are called to use it. That may sound simple but it true. There is an awesome lady in our Church who has three young adult kids. She does not know a ton about the Bible, and she will tell you that, but she for sure has the gift of serving. Every time she goes to a Growth Community, she brings some awesome food and will get there early and serve people and make sure they are all good to go, served, and loved. She uses the gift God gave her. It might not be the gift that is out in front of people and is seen by all. But it is a very important gift that Jesus has told us to use. Even at the Last Supper, Jesus gave us an example of serving by putting on a servant’s apron and washing the Disciples feet (John 13:1-7).
Your gift was given to you on purpose for a purpose. Use it according to the grace given to you.