“If service, in our serving” (Rom. 12:7). The word “service” is from diakonia, where we get our English word, “deacon.” The gift of service is the “ministry” of serving. (Gingrich) Paul wrote, “I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry [diakonia]” (Rom. 11:13). The gift of service is the special ability of serving others. “You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service [diakonia] of the saints” (1 Cor. 16:15). I’m blessed with the ministry of Stephanas and his family. Can you imagine a whole family devoting themselves to the ministry of serving the people of God? The Spirit of God recognized the importance of this ministry that He included it in the Scriptures.
Paul wrote the Corinthians, “For the ministry [diakonia] of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God” (2 Cor. 9:12). The church in Jerusalem was suffering economically. They were in dire need of economic support. Paul applied his gift of service by collecting money from the churches in Macedonia and Corinth. They gave money for the poor saints in Jerusalem. They had the gift of sharing to the needy. They also used their gift of serving the saints. Thus, they used with gift of sharing together with their gift of serving. Then Paul told the Corinthians that their ministry of serving will supply the needs of the believers in Jerusalem. More, it will overflow with many thanksgivings to God. The ministry of serving is a very important ministry.
In Oct. 15, 2013, a devastating earthquake hit Bohol. With a magnitude 7.2, more than 200 people died and 73,000 structures damaged. More than 348,000 people were displaced. Soon, food and water became scarce. People were going hungry. Then something beautiful happened. Certain men in our church formed a GGCF disaster-relief team. They brought water and food to the saints in Bohol. They blessed many believers there. They used their gift of serving. Paul is not talking about the office of deacons, but the act of serving other believers.
Do you have the gift of serving? Use it to serve the believers in the body of Christ.