Key Verse: Verse 7 – “Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;”
Key Words: Or ministry
There are seven grace gifts mentioned in Romans 12: prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, rulership, and mercy.
The word ministry is where we get our word deacon, someone who serves or waits on others.
When the person with the gift of ministry is being controlled by the Holy Spirit, they love to serve. They love to serve the prophet so the prophet can focus on truth. They love to serve the teacher so they can teach. They serve the exhorter so they will have time to motivate. They serve the ruler so they can organize. They serve the person with the gift of mercy so that others may be encouraged.
The most frustrating thing to the person with the gift of ministry is to use their gift so you can use yours and to be a blessing to others and you fail to do so. It will be difficult if you fail to use your gift for them to minister to you in the future.
The following is an example of the gift of ministry in action. An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: “Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent--the service is free.” The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, “What hymn would you like to hear?” Within a few months her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people. Many of them freely poured out their hearts to her, and she was able to help and encourage them.
The gift of ministry is a blessing to so many...so if you have the gift, use it for God’s glory. You will never know this side of heaven how much God is using you.
✞ We don’t all have the gift but we should all be thankful for those who do.
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