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Server – Gift of Serving

The motivation to demonstrate love by meeting practical needs in the Body.

“You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge in the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” (Galatians 5:13).

Office of Deacon or deaconess, Acts 6:2, 1 Timothy 3:8, 12, Romans 16:1



1. Very common in the Body of Messiah, like robins in the bird world.

2. Best describes the nature of Yeshua, “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.”

3. Divine desire to bless and please others, especially in material ways.  The server likes manual projects.

4. Likes to be told what to do.

5. Are often able to recall what people like and dislike.

6. Have the ability to detect and meet practical needs as quickly as possible and will do so without regard to personal sacrifice.

7. They find it hard to say ‘no’ to people who need them.

8. Greater joy in short-range goals than long- range goals.

9. They desire genuine appreciation for a job well done.  They have a short reward cycle and need a pat on the back to carry on with joy and satisfaction.


Fruit of the Spirit

Romans 12:10, 1 John 3:16

Needs to be motivated by true agape love which puts the brother ahead of one’s self and serves the brother unconditionally for Yeshua’s sake. They should not look for praise or recognition except the Father’s “well done good and faithful servant.”


Temptations to Avoid

1. Rehearsing your achievements for ego sake.

2. Being pushy or premature in meeting the needs of others by trying to help people before they ask or realize their need.  “Love is patient.”

3. Becoming irritated or bitter when your deeds are not recognized and appreciated.

4. Over-emphasizing practical and material needs to the neglect of basic spiritual needs. “The kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).


Problems and Misunderstandings

1. Quickness in meeting needs may appear as pushiness.

2. Eagerness to serve may appear as self-advancing.

3. Quickness in meeting needs can interfere with spiritual lessons the Lord may be teaching those in need.

4. Overly-zealous serves need strong understanding oversight lest they jeopardize their health, their job, and even the welfare of their families.  Servers can be exploited by pastors.


Scriptural Examples

1. Yeshua, in washing the feet of the disciples, John 3:1-17

2. Martha, more concerned about practical than spiritual, had too many things to do, couldn’t say ‘no’, short-range goal of cooking rather than long-range goal of meditating on the words of Messiah, Luke 10:38-42, John 12:2

3. Seven deacons in the Jerusalem congregation, met the needs of the widows, waited on tables, practical rather than spiritual,  Acts 6:1-6

4. Onesiphorus, “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain.  But when he was in Rome, he sought me out diligently and found me.  The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day; and in how many things she ministered to me at Ephesus, you know very well” (2 Timothy 1:16-18).


General Counsel and Application

As modern society continues to deteriorate, the needs of people will increase.  The church can come to the rescue by beginning with its own.  Pastors need to commend those who serve.  It is a Messiah-like thing to do.  Children need commendation and encouragement, so do servers.  Serving self will characterize the end-time society.  Children need to learn and sere others at home at an early age and to serve just for agape love’s sake.

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Server Gift for Children

Little servers, like their adult counterparts, have identifiable interests which prepare them for practical and creative ministry.  They can become absorbed in play and play alone, particularly when it concerns the use and dexterity of their hands.  Smaller children seem to love such things as cars, trucks, craft sets, toy irons, stoves, tea sets, clay, crayons, and the like.  Older children go on to enjoy sewing, knitting, electronic and constructions sets, and microscopes.

They get satisfaction from putting things together.  They are good at pretend play when it involves modeling teachers, secretaries, preachers, librarians, etc.  They make good little ‘copycats’.

Because these children are motivated toward tasks and things, they tend to have a single best friend or a limited circle of friends.  This also can make them very family-oriented.  Since their motivations are toward activities, they are not strong ‘feeling children.’  They often find public speaking difficult and are embarrassed to show emotion, especially before groups of people.  Sometimes this repression can cause bitterness as they become angry with life.

They are spasmodic readers, but have varied and wide interests.  They like pets and can give affection to them, at times more readily than to people.

Like older servers, the children prefer to choose their own direction and time of activity.  Their greatest joy is thinking of the task themselves and doing it on their terms.  For example, they may grudgingly do the dishes after being told.

A corollary to this is their tendency to feel overwhelmed if the work piles up with too many complications.  They may work for days on a project and then fail to finish it at the last minute because a few obstacles make it seem impossible.

Parents of these children need to appreciate their beautiful serving gifts and be aware of their strong need for family and friends to receive their ideas and projects with enthusiasm, encouragement, and appreciate for work done.

1.  Coordinated with their hands

2. Likes delicate, little things

3. Great imitators and pretenders

4. Enjoys being involved, helping

5. Few close friends, one best friend, likes small groups, hates being part of a crowd

6. Can be very creative

7. Short attention spans

8. Dislikes constant reading

9. Likes to take things apart and put them back together


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