Question: "What is the spiritual gift of helps?"
Answer: The spiritual gift of helps is found in one of the spiritual gifts lists. The Greek word translated "helps" in 1 Corinthians 12:28 is found only there in the New Testament; therefore, the exact meaning of the gift of helps is somewhat obscure. The word translated "helps" means literally "to relieve, succor, participate in and/or support." Those with the gift of helps are those who can aid or render assistance to others in the church with compassion and grace. This has a broad range of possibilities for application, from helping individuals to assisting in the administration of the daily affairs of the church.
Helping in the body of Christ can take a variety of forms. Some see the gift of helps as given to those who are willing to "lend a hand" and do even the most mundane and disagreeable tasks with a spirit of humility and grace. Helpers are often those who volunteer to work regularly around church buildings and grounds, often laboring in obscurity. Others see helping as assisting the widows and elderly or families to accomplish daily tasks, coming alongside to render assistance in those areas where help is needed. These helpers render a gift of service in the broadest sense, assisting and supporting the body of Christ.
But there is perhaps a deeper meaning to the spiritual gift of helps. Since it is one of the spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit, all of which are given for the building up of the body of Christ, the spiritual aspect of the gift of helps is perhaps even more important than the practical aspect. Those with the spiritual gift of helps are those who have been given the unique ability to identify those who are struggling with doubt, fears, and other spiritual battles. They move toward those in spiritual need with a kind word, an understanding and compassionate demeanor, and the unique ability to speak scriptural truth that is both convicting and loving. Their words are "like apples of gold in settings of silver" (Proverbs 25:11) to the spiritually weak and weary. These helpful Christians can quell anxiety in the heart with cheerful and confidently spoken words of truth and joy, and they often do more for a downtrodden believer than a month of Sunday sermons.
Praise God that He knows us so well with all our needs and challenges that He has given the gift of helps to special individuals, those who can come alongside others in mercy, grace and love. These precious saints can lift the heart by assisting and helping to carry a variety of burdens that we cannot, and should not, carry alone.