When we learn about all the Spiritual Gifts it is not just to gain the knowledge of them…but so we can use them in application. God doesn’t give us knowledge just so we can appear to be intellectual to other people. He wants us to go out, living our lives and transform others, by the Word in us speaking out to others – putting our lives into others causing change to take place. When you received Christ a literal transformation took place in your life. It may have not been physical, but something transformed within you when you gave Lordship to Christ.
Let’s review what we have covered:
Ministry Gifts = Pastor – Teacher – Prophet – Evangelist – Apostle. These are the offices that have a function.
Manifestation or Spiritual Gifts – The Nine Gifts spoken about in 1 Corinthians Chapter 12 .
Now let’s look at the Motivational Gifts – or Practical Gifts found in Romans Chapter 12.
1 Peter Chapter 4 was a revelation to me when I read it. It showed to me why things were the way they were. Why I was the way I was, and my wife – why she was the way she was, why other people were the way they were. Understanding the motivational gifts allows us to realize why we are the way we are. It has to do with our personality traits. In Psalm 139closePsalm 139 Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 139:1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it. 7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you. 13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you. 19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (ESV) it says when you were in your mother’s womb He knew you and formed you. He graciously and carefully planned everything about you, you are not a mistake – God knew exactly what He was doing. Motivational gifts will help you to understand where you fit into the body of Christ. Spiritual gifts were not given to us for self-promotion, but to build up the body of Christ.
1 Peter 4:10-11close1 Peter 4:10-11 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV) (AMP) – As each of you has received a gift [a particular spiritual talent, a gracious endowment] employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor]. If anyone speaks,[ let him do it as one who utters] oracles of God; whoever renders service [let him do it] as with the strength which God furnishes abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).
Motivational gifts are to be used to bring glory to God. None of these gifts were designed to bring glory to man. These gifts / traits – should never be allowed to put us in a box; as to say ‘This is the only thing we can do – or the only way we can go.” When it comes to gifts you can have ‘multiple personalities’. If you say , ’I have one gift so that’s all I need’…that limits God. If God so desires, you can have every gift flowing through you. The motivational gifts do not take the place of the manifestation gifts we learned about earlier. All these are under the direct instruction of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 12:1closeRomans 12:1 A Living Sacrifice 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (ESV) – 2 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; as this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good and pleasing and perfect will.
So first give yourself to God completely and then be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The caterpillar and the butterfly are one in the same, but then something happens and a transformation takes place. Now it is no longer bound but can fly free. He is saying do not be bound and tied to this world, but be transformed in Christ with the renewing of your mind. Stop looking at yourself the way the world looks at you. Be transformed to see yourself as Christ sees you. Seeing where He has placed you. Jesus says; ‘They are courageous, they are a lion, they can do all things because I dwell in them!”
Verse 3 – 5: For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each one of us has one body with many members, these members do not all have the same function.
In this room we all have two arms, but no two arms look alike. There are many differences. Some have color differences, some strength differences – they have a myriad of differences. So are we within the body of Christ.
Verse 6-8: We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophecy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving then serve – if it is teaching, then teach. If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously. If it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, then do it cheerfully.
All scripture must be looked at in context. Reading this made it clear to me why I acted like I did and others the way they did. Motivational gifts will cause you to lean a certain way.
These are the Motivational Gifts [not the office, but the traits of those who hold these giftings].
Prophecy – perceiver / seers of the body of Christ. They have insight – foresight , they act like ‘watch-dogs’ in the church. They warn of sin or reveal sin; they are generally very verbal and can come across as judgmental and impersonal. They are loyal to truth over friendship – they are serious and dedicated. They will say what they think. They will declare the truth – they want to know, is it right or wrong – black or white…there is no gray area with these people.
Ministry of Service – Helps: Hands of the body of Christ. They have concerns of meeting needs, they are highly motivated doers. They tend to overcommit, but they find joy in serving and meeting short term goals. These want to meet the physical needs of the others- they love to help with ministries, ushering, feeding the hungry, anything that needs to be done they are willing.
Teaching: Mind of the body, they are passionate about discovering and validating truth. They want to know if it is true or false and take delight in research; discovering history – facts – details. They like to impart instruction and communicate knowledge.
The Exhorter: Encourager, mouth of the body. They are the cheerleaders. They have a desire to see people grow and mature in the Lord. They are practical and positive – they seek positive responses. They take care of the spiritual needs of others. They like to stimulate, build-up and edify.
The Contributor – Giver: These are the arms of the body. They truly enjoy reaching out and giving. They enjoy blessing others, they desire to give quietly and in secret; and will motivate others to give. They are alert to other people’s needs – they always give the best that they can. They find the best buys available. They take notice of over-looked needs and can maintain a good budget.
Administrator – Organizer – Leadership: Head of the body. They have the ability to see the overall picture, set long term goals, good organizers and find efficient ways of getting work done. These people may not seek leadership but they will assume it when no leader is available. They get a sense of fulfillment when others come together to complete a task; and they often will discern the talents and abilities of others and know how they can best serve within a ministry or on a particular project.
Mercy – Compassion: The heart of the body. These individuals easily sense the stress in individuals. They are attracted to and are patient with people in need. They are motivated to see people healed of hurts. They are truly meek in nature and they avoid firmness. They are very focused on the emotional needs of others – full of compassion, love and mercy. Very forgiving and if they could have a mantra it might be, ” Can’t we all just get along?”
We might know about our own gifts and traits that we might have, but if we also apply this to those we work with or know we can have a fuller understanding what makes them act and behave the way they do.
Next we will go through the gifts and apply the positive and negatives of each to more fully understand them.
Prophecy: Say what they think – they will declare the truth, they will give you right or wrong – black or white – quality control.
Positives: They see right to the heart of an issue. They are motivated to reveal what is true. They are concerned with revealing the other persons motives and have a natural discernment.
Negatives: Hard for these individuals to keep silent when they feel truth is being twisted, hidden or offended. They usually lack tact. They need to learn to speak the truth in love. They need to know when to speak and the proper channels of who to speak to.
**Understanding this gift in others will help you to see why they act and see things the way they do, which may be very different than you do.
Servant: Meeting the physical needs of others, helping with ministries – ushering. They have to ‘do something’ to help.
Positives: They can see what needs to be done.
Negatives: Their motives are often misunderstood that they are trying to be seen or showing off. They can be easily offended if not appreciated.
Teacher: They want to research facts – find out history, they want to impart instruction and communicate knowledge. They have to know – is it true or false?
Positives: They are motivated to validate truth, they want to know, why – how – when? They need details – they need to know where this information is found in scripture.
Negatives: Can be very boring because they tend to give way too much information. They have a need to tell you why they are qualified. They will often share with you what degrees they have; and if they don’t feel you are qualified yourself they may not listen to you. They have trouble giving people the ‘Readers Digest Version’ of all the information they have gathered. They also can be easily offended and very critical.
Exhorter: Taking care of the spiritual needs of others. They like to stimulate – build up edify.
Positives: They are motivated to be on top of any situation – not easily discouraged.
Negatives: They often won’t let anyone grieve. Everything is a mind-over-matter decision. They can run over the work of the Holy Spirit because of their enthusiasm. Can be easily offended if you don’t apply what they have counseled you in.
Giver: Gifted to make money- they love to give money, this in of itself is very exciting for them. Even if they don’t have much, they just want to give something.
Positives: Motivated to make money and to give money.
Negatives: The motivation to make money and handle money properly opens the door for hording and stinginess. They can give everything away and not care for themselves. They can get offended if you don’t listen to their financial advice. Debt offends them; they can’t stand a lack of financial planning.
Administrator: They can see the bigger picture in a situation and can delegate quickly. If there is a vacuum of leadership they will take over.
Positive: They can make an almost instant evaluation of a problem and then assign steps of action to solve the problem. They are capable to delegate people to oversee the problem and can make adjustments as they go.
Negatives: They can manipulate, control or dominate others, often without realizing it. They can forget to verbalize their appreciation, they expect you to do your job. They can often jump to conclusions thinking they know what you are going to say or do – can be very impatient. Can be offended if you don’t follow their suggestions; and they can become very frustrated with people who do things slowly.
Mercy & Compassion: They are focused on the emotional needs of others. Are filled with mercy, compassion, forgiveness.
Positives: They are very loyal, empathetic and compassionate.
Negatives: They can be totally blind to the faults that people may have. They are offended if you hurt someone’s feelings. They will often take other people’s offenses upon themselves. They realize that there is no motivational gift better than the other [ which often times can really be a positive].
God never intended for us to be ‘gifted’ with the intention of sitting on the gift. We are to impact and impart His teachings on this world. In Acts 8:1closeActs 8:1 Saul Ravages the Church 8:1 And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. (ESV) – And Saul approved of the killing of Stephen. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all but the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Verse 4 – Those who were scattered preached the Word everywhere they went. We have to always remember that they were under great persecution. But, in the midst of this they spread this Word everywhere! In those days preaching the Word was one on one mostly. Telling people about Jesus and touching people’s lives – one on one, in a very personal way. God intended that when we got filled up – changed by the Holy Spirit that we would go out and change other lives- just as they gave us examples through their lives.
For centuries many have tried to get rid of Christianity; but, 2000 years later…it will NOT go away!! They keep trying to snuff it out – but today it remains…and will forever!
May we take His love, and mercy to everyone we meet. Walking with Him in our daily lives telling all those we meet about this amazing Jesus – our friend, Lord and Savior! Sharing the message of how He can transform their lives forever!