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Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit Part 5: The Gift of Service


Scripture: Romans 12:6-8

I.          Characteristics of Someone with the Gift of Service

1.  Sees and meets practical needs
2.  Frees others to achieve
3.  Disregard for weariness
4.  Difficulty saying “no”
5.  Alert to likes and dislikes
6.  Strong desire to be with others
7.  Need for approval and appreciation
8.  Likes short-range projects
9.  Meets needs quickly
10. Tendency to feel inadequate and unqualified for spiritual leadership


II.          Misunderstandings about Someone with the Gift of Service

1.  Quickness in meeting needs may appear pushy
2.  Avoidance of “red tape” may result in excluding others from the job
3.  Eagerness in serving may prompt suspicion of self-advancement
4.  Insistence on serving may appear to be a rejection of being served
5.  Meeting practical needs may be judged as a lack of interest in spiritual matters
6.  Inability to avoid others’ needs may result in sidetracking employer’s directions


III.         The Gift of Service in the Spirit vs. the Flesh

SPIRIT                               FLESH

1.         Alertness                       Unconsciousness
2.         Hospitality                    Loneliness
3.         Generosity                    Stingy
4.         Joyfulness                     Self-pity
5.         Flexibility                      Resistance
6.         Availability                    Self-centered
7.         Endurance                     Weariness


(By Dr. charles F. Stanley. Copyright 2012 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.intouch.org.)