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Addicted to Servanthood (2 of 7)
Series: Vitamins (Gifts) that Make the Body Healthy
I read about a woman who telephoned a friend and asked how she was feeling.
''Terrible,'' came the reply ''my head's splitting and my back and legs are killing me. The house is a mess, and the kids are simply driving me crazy.''
The caller said, ''Listen, go and lie down, I'll come over right away and cook lunch for you, clean up the house, and take care of the children while you get some rest. And then I'll fix dinner for Sam when he gets home from work.''
''Sam?'' the complaining housewife grasped. ''My husband's not Sam.''
''Oh dear me, I must have dialed the wrong number.'' exclaimed the first woman
There was a long pause. ''Does that mean you're not coming over?''
This morning we're going to be focusing on what Romans calls the ''gift of serving.''
''We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is… SERVING, let him serve'' Romans 12:6-7
Those with the gift of serving are the ones who would COME OVER. They are the ones who would be there for you in just about every situation.
Now the word for ''serving here is ''diakonia'' and it's closely related to the word ''diakonos'' which is the word for ''Deacon.''
The purpose of Deacons was (and still is) to be the official SERVANTS for the church
In Acts 6, there were certain widows who were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. This was a day long before Social Security and Government safety nets, and the early church took their responsibility to these needy women very seriously. But apparently, the widows that weren't from Judea were being left out of the distribution of food.
The Apostles realized if they focused on this need personally, it would take away from their main ministry which was to teach and preach about Jesus, so they asked the people to choose 7 men who would be Godly and filled with the Spirit that they could trust with t ...
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