I am a Servant

Serving Outside of the Lines

So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself. Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.  – John 13:4-5 HCSB

Spiritual gifts. It’s a trendy topic in Christendom, right? Ready for some ugly honesty? Sometimes (not always) I get annoyed with it. Yep. Annoyed.

Have we each been blessed with a spiritual gift? Yep. Are we called to use our spiritual gift(s)? Yep. Is service restricted to spiritual gifts? Y…uh, wait. Huh. I’m so sorry, but it might get uncomfortable here for a minute.

I’ve never, ever, ever met a mommy who would claim to have been gifted with diaper refreshment skills. Never met one (and remember I have four kids, and with that, a pretty extensive circle of mommy-friends) who would check a spiritual gift box labeled ‘enjoys screaming toddlers, especially for extended periods of time’.

I’ve never met a person who would claim the spiritual gift of chair-stacking. Or broom pushing. Trash-emptying. Window washing. Dish scraping.

Foot washing.

Service isn’t bound by these gifts. Often the call to serve stretches beyond God-given talents and abilities. It goes into the nitty-gritty not-so-pretty. So, when a call goes out for help in an area that is maybe outside our gifted-lines, maybe we shouldn’t be quick to write it off. “That’s just not in my giftedness,” isn’t really Biblical.

Sorry, I went all preacher on you. I needed to, though, because the thing is, I really want to not serve in an area that just doesn’t ‘float my boat.’ I’d love to call the coordinator of that ministry and say, “You know what, this just isn’t one of my gifts. Could you take me off the list?” But the thing is, there’s a need there, and I am capable, even if I’m not ‘gifted’ in it. Right now, they need hands that are willing. So I need to make my hands willing.

After all, the hands that formed the heavens and the earth washed the feet of sinful men.

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