Gift of Help or Helpers

Many times, helpers are nameless people. Not generally recognized and remembered. Paul writes a list: of first apostles, prophets, and teachers, followed by miracle workers, helpers, administrators, and speakers of tongues. (I Corinthians 12:28) Paul places helpers ahead of managers and supervisors, who do administration, and those who feel good about speaking in tongues. Somehow the gift of help/helpers is ignored, but they are indispensable for all ministries. Rarely do believers seek this gift, which is critically needed. C.H. Spurgeon describes a few qualities of a helper.
A tender heart: They care for the people. With humility, they are willing to assist anyone, older or younger in ministry. They do not say no to any work, even when they are exhausted and tired. They do not just sympathize but empathize with the people who are in pain, hurt, depressed, defeated, diseased, and disoriented.
A quick eye: The helpers have a discerning eye. They could easily know a need, which other people fail to notice. Even when it is not expressed. They respond quickly to provide that vital help.
A quick foot: While the wicked have feet that run to do evil; helpers have feet to rush to offer help. (Proverbs 1:15-16) They do not have a boosted ego, that prevents them from helping.
A loving face: Helpers’ faces are always radiant and inspire and cheer up those who are discouraged. They rarely murmur or grumble. In fact, their smile is contagious.
A firm foot: The helpers are stable and steady and do not stumble easily. People can depend as they are loyal, and steadfast in all endeavors.
A strong hand: The helpers’ hands are so strong that they can lift people from the miry clay. Their generous hands lift many from despair. They extend the right hand of fellowship wherever necessary. (Galatians 2:9)
A bent back: They willingly carry the burden of others and fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2) People are burdened with tasks, finance, targets, expectations, and vision. Helpers are needed in all aspects of life and mission.
Do I desire and have the gift of help?

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