Today we will conclude our overview looking at examples of spiritual gifts. So far we have looked at the ministry gifts, the manifestation gifts and today we will consider the Motivational Gifts.
The motivational gifts serve to reveal the personality of God and come from the Father. These gifts are practical in nature. They describe the inner motivations of the Christian servant.
Carry on from Romans 11:29, please read Romans 12: 1-8). Paul says ‘we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us’ and then continues to list what is know as the motivational gifts. That’s continue this picture of a body as we now overview these 7 gifts.
- Prophecy – here comes from the Greek word” propheteia ” meaning inspired speaker. Those with the motivational gift of prophecy are the “seers” or “eyes” of the body. They have insight, foresight, and act like watch dogs in the church. They warn of sin or reveal sin. They are usually very verbal and may come across as judgmental and impersonal; they are loyal to truth over friendship, serious, dedicated. (1 Cor. 14:1)
- Ministering/Serving/Helps – from the Greek “diakonia” that means to be an attendant or a minister, to use the office of deacon, and relief. Those with the motivational gift of serving are the “hands” of the body. They are concerned with meeting needs; they are highly motivated, doers. They may tend to over commit, but find joy in serving and meeting short-term goals. (Gal 5:13, Col 3: 23-24, Rom 12:10).
- Teaching – from the Greek word” didasko or didasklia” (1321,1319) to teach or to give instruction. Those with the motivational gift of teaching are the “mind” of the body. They realize their gift is foundational; they emphasize accuracy of words and love to study; they delight in research to validate truth. (Col. 3:16, Matt. 28:20, Rom. 12:11).
- Giving – from the Greek word “metadidomi” (3330) to give over, share, or impart. Those with the motivational gift of giving are the “arms” of the body. They truly enjoy reaching out in giving. They are excited by the prospect of blessing others; they desire to give quietly, in secret, but will also motivate others to give. They are alert to people’s needs; they give cheerfully and always give the best that they can. (Luke 6:38, Rom. 12:13 Matt. 10:8).
- Exhortation/Encouragement – from the Greek word “paraklesis or parakaleo” (3870,3874) a calling to one’s side to aid. Those with the motivational gift of encouragement are the “mouth” of the body. Like cheerleaders, they encourage other believers and are motivated by a desire to see people grow and mature in the Lord. They are practical and positive and they seek positive responses. (Rom 12:12, Heb. 3:13).
- Administration/Leadership – from the Greek word “proistemi” (4291) that means to stand before, to be over, to rule, to maintain, to practice, or to preside. Those with the motivational gift of leadership are the “head” of the body. They have the ability to see the overall picture and set long-term goals; they are good organizers and find efficient ways of getting work done. Although they may not seek leadership, they will assume it when no leader is available. They receive fulfillment when others come together to complete a task. (1 Tim. 3:4, Prov. 17:2, Prov. 16:32).
- Mercy – from the Greek word “eleeo” (1653) to compassionate by word or deed (by God’s grace), have compassion, pity on, have (obtain, receive, show) mercy (on). Those with the motivational gift of mercy are the “heart” of the body. They easily sense the joy or distress in other people and are sensitive to feelings and needs. They are attracted to and patient with people in need, motivated by a desire to see people healed of hurts. They are truly meek in nature and avoid firmness. (Luke 10:37, 2 Cor. 13:8, Col. 3:12, Rom 12:15).