1 Corinthians 12:28 (NLT)
Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages
Exodus 17:10-12 (NIV)
So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
This week’s spiritual gift is helps or helping. The definition of helping to render support or assistance to others in the body so as to free them up for ministry.
Consider the following:
In the Old Testament, Joshua, Aaron and Hur had the gift of helping, and Joshua ministered unto Moses. Moses could give him orders and Joshua stood by to carry out the wishes of Moses. And we read, "So Joshua did as Moses said unto him" (Exodus 17:10). Joshua was there simply to help Moses, and was a very faithful servant to Moses. We also saw Aaron and Hur, hold up Moses as Moses, the leader grew tired. Joshua exercised and demonstrated the gift of helps. Since we serve a faithful God, when Moses died, God chose and ordained Joshua to then take over the leadership of the people.
The gift of helping is one of support and behind-the-scenes effort that make groups, families, and congregations more effective. Not everyone is gifted to lead, but many are gifted to follow and handle the tasks that are so essential, but less glamorous. Helpers love to serve others, support others, and assist others in the important work of ministry and mission. Tireless in their willingness to serve, helpers are less interested in receiving thanks and recognition than in doing good, valuable work. Therefore, as leaders or teachers, let’s not feel like we need to do the work on our own. God has gifted people to come alongside of us to assist in ways that can enhance our ministry. Persons with the helping gift will help expand the ministry because it will free the leaders and visionaries to focus on other tasks and develop new ministries. People who have been given this gift, assist the church or community to meet the needs of all of those in the body of Christ, which in my opinion, this is one of the most important gifts in the body of Christ. They do not wait to be asked to do things, they fulfill the need as they see fit. Therefore, as leaders, preachers, or teachers, we need to demonstrate gratitude because often times people with this gift go unnoticed or are under-appreciated. Although many with the gift of helps will continue to remain behind the scenes, God can and does promote as we saw in the story of Joshua and Moses. Therefore, it is our rightful duty to show appreciation and most importantly not mistreat anyone. Today, I encourage all of those leaders whether in your career or in your church, to rethink taking all the credit and show our gratitude to God by extending appreciation to those who help support and execute the mission and vision.