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to the Lord can take many forms. Some of   done it unto me” (Mat 25:40).
        the gifts mentioned in Romans, 1 Corin-  Some might question whether or not
        thians and Ephesians are more public in   they have any gift, or what their par-
        nature than others and seem to be more   ticular gift might be, or whether gifts are
        prominent. Romans 12, however, would   restricted to a certain elite group of people
        remind us that we ought not to be high-  with special talents. The Word of God
        minded, because whatever gift we might   makes it very clear that while not all do the
        have has been given to us as an act of the   same thing, every one has something to
        grace of God. More than that, we need to   do. Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth
        be aware that as stewards of the gifts that   that “every man hath his proper gift of
        God has so graciously bestowed, we will   God” (1Co 7:7). Later in the epistle he
        one day give account of our stewardship.  writes concerning spiritual gifts, “But all
          However, the area of service that is   these worketh that one and the selfsame
        likely most overlooked is that which in-  Spirit, dividing to every man severally as
        volves serving others. The Lord Himself   he will” (12:11).
        is the perfect example of consecration in   There is no age restriction or require-
        this aspect. He said, “For even the Son   ment as far as serving the Lord is con-
        of man came not to be ministered unto,   cerned. Even the very young can be used
        but  to  minister,  and  to  give  his  life  a   of the Lord to serve His people. Samuel
        ransom for many” (Mar 10:45).  This is es-  was but a weaned child when he was
        sentially what is referred to in Romans 12,   presented before the Lord in Shiloh (1Sa
        where the word “ministry” is used in con-  1:24). It was a little maid that told Naaman
        nection with other gifts. We may not think   of the prophet of God in Samaria (2Ki 5:2-
        of serving others as being a gift given to   3). It was just a lad that had the five barley
        us by the Lord. However, this is one area   loaves and two small fish that the Lord
        where many are used of the Lord, even   Jesus used to feed 5,000 (Joh 6:9).
        though they may not recognize it as such.   We learn, too, that a person is never
        It is necessary to understand that not all   too old to serve the Lord. Noah was 480
        “gifts” are of a public or prominent nature.   years old when he began to preach and
          The expression “given to hospitality”   he was 600 years old when he entered
        (Rom 12:13) actually means “pursuing   into the ark (Gen 7:6). Moses was 80 years
        hospitality,” or going in for it. The word   old and Aaron was 83 when the Lord first
        “hospitality” itself is the idea of taking   sent them to speak to Pharaoh to let Israel
        people in to care for their needs. There   go (Exo 7:7). Caleb was 85 when he told
        are those who are quite capable of doing   Joshua that he was just as strong then as
        just that and enjoy it tremendously. It is   he was when he was 40, “for war, both to
        a gift given in grace by the Lord Himself   go out, and to come in” (Jos 14:11).
        and needs to be recognized and encour-  Whatever God has filled our hands
        aged. Remember that we serve the Lord   with,  we  must  keep  in  mind,  as  Paul
        by serving others. The Lord Jesus said,   reminded the believers at Colossae, “Ye
        “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one   serve  the  Lord  Christ”  (Col  3:24).  We
        of the least of these my brethren, ye have   might ask the question that David asked,
        ¹ Bible quotations in this article are from the   “Who then is willing to consecrate his service
        KJV.                                  this day unto the LORD?” (1Ch 29:5).

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