The Gift of Helps


b072215-157_t670I Corinthians 12:28 introduces the gift of Helps – “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”  First, it is clear that God assigns the gifts in the Church per his sovereignty. Second, he assigns them to “some” so no gift is given to everyone as there are diversities of gifts in the Church Body. I Corinthians 12:4.  

The Greek wordtranslated “helps” is found only here in the New Testament; therefore, the exact meaning of the gift of helps is somewhat obscure.  The word translated “helps” means literally “to relieve, succor, participate in, and/or support.”  Those with the gift of Helps are those who can render assistance to others in the church.  This would include activities such as setting up chairs before church meetings or otherwise cleaning up the church, organizing church events, visiting persons in the hospital for support, cooking a meal for someone who is sick, etc.  It is a gift that largely operates behind the scenes and therefore calls for a humble person who is not seeking the limelight.  Although not as showy as some gifts it is vitally essential in serving the Body.  In fact all gifts of the Spirit are indispensable, even the ones that are less celebrated. I Corinthians 12:22.

We need to be careful to honor those who serve the Body through the gift of helps.  They many times get overlooked for the great service God has gifted them to provide.

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