The Lifestyle of Servanthood Part 1
A lifestyle of servanthood is the platform to fulfilling destiny, yet people tend to look at serving from a very different perspective. Many times, we see people who serve and look down on them, assuming they have no other skills or abilities. God looks at that same person differently; He said everybody has an opportunity to be great and significant IF they become a servant. We need to rethink how we look at serving and see it the way God sees it. How important is a lifestyle of servanthood?
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given—the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, NKJV).
The nine gifts of the Spirit are in full operation for the profit of all of us, and this includes the gift of helps. “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:27, 28, NKJV; emphasis added). As the Scripture describes the five-fold ministry gifts, you can see that the gift of helps is included in the same lineup as all the other ministry gifts!
When Jesus fed the five thousand, He called on His disciples—His ministry of helps. He acknowledged that He couldn’t do the miracle without someone helping. The ministry of helps brings order to the church; so the parking lot attendants are important right along with the prophets, apostles, teachers, and pastors. They are given the same significance because we are the body of Christ and it takes ALL of us to get the job done of extending the kingdom of God. Amen?
To extend the kingdom of God, “helps” has to be a part of the gifts that are operating in the church. First Corinthians 15:58, NKJV, tells us to be “steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Remember—nothing goes unnoticed or unrewarded because God sees and knows everything we do. He knows our hearts, and He’s shown us that serving is the platform to fulfilling destiny. Future victory is assured when we are steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord. Many times, we’re only one Sunday “working in the parking lot” or “ushering people to their seats” away from a future victory. Sometimes we give up on the seed that we’ve sown through serving and pull it up before the harvest is ready; we get offended, leave the church, and quit serving. We won’t see the reward that God has promised because we allowed offense to knock us off the platform that would have helped us find our destiny.
Decide today to allow no one to dictate what God has planned for your life. I want you to reach the full potential of everything that God has for you. Stand up and say, “I’m a magnet for all things good because I’m steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord; knowing my labor is not in vain in the Lord because nothing goes unnoticed or unrewarded.” Don’t give up on serving; make it a lifestyle. If you are not connected to a ministry to serve, get plugged in—it is your platform to destiny!