“If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
If anyone ministers
“Ministers” signifies to be a servant, attendant, to serve, wait upon, minister. This is a serving gift. As we depend on the Lord to speak God’s truth accurately by receiving illumination, so we rely on the Lord to serve others. When we serve, the life of Christ in us edifies others. We do not do this with natural strength.
The word “ministers” includes all forms of ministry other than speaking ministry. It is all forms of ministry in action.
A characteristic of Christianity is to serve others.
Do you have a ministry to God’s people (He 6:10)? Few of us minister to saints. Most of us cater to our own needs. We love to minister to ourselves.