Daily Archives: December 20, 2007

Your Motivational Spiritual Gift: Serving


I received this in my inbox yesterday morning. I had forgotten I had taken the test from here

On a scale of 0 to 22 I rated in these areas:

Organization = 5

Teaching = 10

Mercy = 7

Prophecy = 6

Exhortation = 8

Serving = 21

Giving = 9

This is an 11 page document but what I found interesting is the list of ministries I’d be deemed suitable for:

(in bold are the ones I’ve been involved with in some way, shape or form.)


Some of the ministries that we have seen bear spiritual fruit for Spiritually Gifted Servers include:

  • Identifying and meeting practical, physical needs around the church buildings and grounds, such as a Garden Team.
  • Providing meals, yard work, transportation, and housework for those who are unable to do those things for themselves.
  • Setting up and cleaning up for various church functions: potlucks, church services, classrooms, etc.
  • Preparing for Communion.
  • Serving on a tech team to do sound, lights, and PowerPoint.
  • Picking up people so that they can come to church.
  • Ushers and greeters.
  • Involvement in community affairs and clubs as a concerned Christian.
  • As Sunday School teachers, especially to children.
  • Parking Lot Ministries.
  • Providing transportation for those who need it.
  • Repairing vehicles for the church, widows, or single mothers.
  • Helping plan Church Retreats, picnics, and other special events.
  • Taping church services and taking tapes to shut-ins, or to those who are sick or hospitalized.
  • Repair and upgrade the church’s computers and networking systems.
  • Visitation ministry to shut-ins, those who are sick, or to new parents.
  • Secretarial, record-keeping, or bookkeeping work for the church; or other detail work such as newsletters and bulletins.
  • Being on a Fix-It team for repairs in the church or for people in need.
  • Sewing and quilting groups.
  • On Deacon and Deaconess Boards, and as trustees.
  • Hospitality. Some invite church visitors for a meal after church; others invite people for coffee or lunch during the week or weekend.
  • Food Bank or Food Ministry for those in need.
  • Ministry to those who are homeless or in need of clothes.
  • Anything that involves practical, hands-on work.

As our Federal, State, and Local governments are increasingly unable to care for the poor, needy, disenfranchised, and powerless, our Churches will need to provide even more services to our communities. You as Motivationally Gifted Servers will be the ones who can provide the opportunities and hands-on training for the rest of us.

The scripture given for us servers is as given:


When we think of the words “server” and “servant,” we may visualize wait-staff or domestic workers. However, Jesus redefined the concept of “servant” when he said true greatness means having a servant’s heart, like Jesus, who came to serve and to give his life. Unfortunately, even in today’s Christian community, we see the celebrity syndrome in that a handful of Christian “superstars” are almost idolized by the believing public. As a result, we have heard many godly Servers say, “I’m just a server.” From Jesus’ perspective, godly servanthood is highly treasured.

There are a wealth of exciting Scriptures specifically helpful to Servers. One passage is found in Ephesians 6:5-8, where Paul says we are to serve with “sincerity of heart . . . doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does.” You do not have to fill every need, only to respond to God’s leading for your life.

Colossians 3:22-24 says not to serve to win favor or recognition from others, because “it is the Lord you are serving.” These verses encourage Servers to be God-pleasers, not people-pleasers. Mature, Spirit-led Servers serve in the power of the Holy Spirit. What they do is the result of the power of God flowing out of them to others, even if they are not aware of it. Responsiveness to the Lord and godly attitudes are the key to your spiritual fruit.

Romans 12:6, 7, and 10 are the specific verses for Servers. “We have different gifts according to the grace given us . . . If it is serving, let him serve . . . Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” It can be difficult to be devoted and to honor others who do not seem to be devoted, honoring, or appreciative toward you as Servers. Having the Motivational Spiritual Gift of Serving is not for the weak or self-centered. You have to be led by the Holy Spirit and develop tough skin to do all you do with little recognition or thanks!

I Corinthians 10:24 adds that we are to “seek the good of others.” This attitude is a joy to see in Servers who have the perspective found in Philippians 2:3, to “do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves.”

Galatians 6:10 also affirms that we are to do good to all people, especially to fellow Christians. In our 30+ years in the pastorate, some of the most godly people we know have been Servers.

On the other hand, some Servers have caused tremendous problems in churches when they have sought their own need for control, thus exhibiting “selfish ambition” (Philippians 2:3). The “vain conceit” of over-sensitivity, touchiness, and self-pity can also be a struggle for those with a Server motive. As a result, most Servers have to deal with a critical spirit, backbiting, holding onto grudges, and the harboring of resentments.

Scripture gives the perspective that our lives are to be characterized by kindness and brotherly love. This can be understandably difficult when Servers feel unappreciated, slighted, or abused. Even though Servers may struggle with these attitudes, those who are growing in their relationship with the Lord mature in their capacity for forgiveness and trust in the Lord.

Ephesians 4:31 and 32 is God’s desire for God’s treasured Servers: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you.” Let go of those grudges; do not talk unless it is to build up and heal, rather than to complain. Be slow to anger and keep a spirit of humility that has characterized all the godly Motivationally Gifted Servers throughout history.

You have probably already seen that when you are allowing God’s Spirit to work through you, your life is full of the exciting adventure of experiencing the energy of God’s presence and of being God’s hands to a needy world. I appreciate my godly Server friends so much; they give me a glimpse of how eager God is to meet our needs. I am in awe of their energetic diligence and their willingness to go far beyond themselves in selfless service.

Servers, whatever particular ministry you sense is the Lord’s calling for you, the Motivational Spiritual Gift of Serving is of vital importance in the life of the church and in its outreach to a needy world.

Draw upon God’s strength and wisdom. Depend upon the leading of the Holy Spirit before you serve, because whatever ministry Servers participate in, real spiritual fruit occurs when you are diligently pursuing Godly service and are using your Motivational Spiritual Gift to the fullest.

So, what do you think?

If you take the test, let me know your score….

The Home Engineer