And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
1 Corinthians 12:28
When we see an elderly person stumble and fall to the ground, those nearby instinctively stop to lend aid. They reach out and take the person’s hand or arm and help them to get back on their feet. That is exactly the meaning of the Greek word behind the New Testament reference to the gift of helps as mentioned by Paul (1 Corinthians 12:28). This rare Greek word means to reach out and “take up” or “grasp”—that is, to offer help when needed.
It is telling that Paul mentions the gift of helps in the same breath as the high profile gifts of apostles, prophets, teachers, and workers of miracles. There could not be a greater contrast—those with the gift of helps rarely seek recognition or attention. Their gift is to instinctively reach out and serve others without reward or recompense. Their reward is the satisfaction of serving others in a life-changing way.
Whether one has the gift of helps or not, all Christians are called to serve and help others. If you see someone who could use a helping hand today, why not offer yours?
Love is the outgoing of the entire nature in self-sacrificing service.
W. H. Griffith Thomas