Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
Romans 12:7a (Holman) . . .if service, in service;
This grace-gift entails actions rather than words. It is significant, worthy of close examination. Service is a spiritual empowering that enables us to perform the practical acts of ministering to the personal needs of others in Jesus’ name. The Greek word here often denoted the work of a slave, the service of one for another.
Our Lord said He came to serve, not to be served (Matt. 20:28). Thus it is no surprise that service, along with teaching, is the gift most commonly claimed by His followers. Anyone with the gift of service is drawn to people and projects needing assistance. Helpers don’t have to be asked to serve. Their antennas are always up, looking for ways to pitch in. They see what needs to be done and do it.
If a classroom is in shambles at class time, a person with discernment will say, “Someone missed an assignment.” An administrator says, “Find a custodian.” A person with wisdom would say, “We should check our room earlier each week.”
The church member with the gift of service starts rearranging chairs and picking up trash. They have the room in order in about two minutes, finding as much satisfaction in doing this as the teacher will later find in teaching the lesson.
People with this gift find it hard to say no to any ne