One gift that Romans 12:8 specifically focuses on is being a leader. It states that “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Paul says here to take the gift of being a leader very seriously. It is an important responsibility.
Being a leader like a pastor, teacher, or leader within the church is an essential position and vital to the church ministry. God has given some people the ability to lead. For the leader, it means leading with grace, courage, and knowledge. A leader must seek the wisdom of Christ. He must seek the Lord’s heart so he can better serve the people. He must be full of grace, extending mercy to those who don’t deserve it and forgiving others as an example for the people to follow. A leader must extend kindness to those around him so that others will also learn to be kind.
Being a leader is a big responsibility as this verse says. It is important for the congregation to support its leaders and lift them up daily in prayer. They will serve better if the body is continuously supporting and loving them.