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A Gift For Everyone

What is the Gift of Service?

Literal meaning  Literal meaning 
To take a burden upon oneself; to be a slave.

Description  Description 
The gift of service is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the body of Christ to identify unmet needs involved in a task related to God’s work, and to make use of available resources to meet those needs and help accomplish the desired goals.

Bible references  Bible references 
Theory Practice
John 13:14 Luke 23:50-54
Colossians 3:17 Acts 6:2,3
1 Timothy 6:2 2 Timothy 1:16-18

Distinctives  Distinctives 
People with this gift:
  • find the small and practical things that need to be done and enjoy doing them without being asked;

  • sense God’s purpose and special meaning in fulfilling regular and needful hands-on tasks;

  • have pleasure in meeting every day responsibilities;

  • enjoy doing routine tasks in the church that would bore others;

  • would rather do a job than find someone else to do it.

Personal traits and behaviors  Personal traits and behaviors 
A person with this gift is usually:
Available Willing
Helpful Reliable
Hard-working Flexible
Humble Supportive

Cautions  Cautions 
People with this gift:
  • need to esteem their gift, remembering that doing practical deeds is a spiritual contribution to the body of Christ;

  • can find it difficult to say «No»;

  • need to be responsive to the priorities of leadership, instead of setting their own agendas.

Mobilizing for ministry  Mobilizing for ministry 
People with this gift are needed in the church for:
Deacon/deaconess Church librarian
Maintenance Community services
Greeter/Usher Distributing tracts

Related gifts  Related gifts 
This gift belongs to the category ASSISTANCE. You may find useful to get information on other gifts which belong to this same category. These gifts are:
Helps Hospitality Mercy