Spiritual Gifts: Motivational Gifts
Motivational Gifts (Romans 12:1-8)
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ 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. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:1-8)
We need to first find our place in God, then God will show us what is the perfect will of God. We are born with certain gifts, but when we are born again, we see God bringing into our lives some gifts. It’s first important to see who we are, and then be able to see what God can do with us.
God will probably use the type of a person one is to use him in the kind of work that such a type of person might fit into. God takes what we are and transforms it into a gift to do what we are to do. For instance, a worship leader might have been one who had some interest in music even before he sensed the calling to be a worship leader.
There is maximum tirelessness and maximum effectiveness when we approach the work of God with motivation. Find what God has equipped you with and perfect it.
The Motivational Gifts Listed
1. Prophecy: It is interesting that prophecy is mentioned in all the three categories of gifts (Romans 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Corinthians 12). Prophecy as a motivational gift is not an inspired utterance like the one in 1 Corinthians 12, but it is an attitude of the mind. One who has the motivation of prophecy has the motivation for speaking the truth. He is motivated to reveal righteousness. He declares truth, feels compelled to disclose unrighteous motives. He sees everything as black or white, as right or wrong. Such a person always speaks forward as he thinks ought to be. He takes a stand against wrong. This motivational gift to declare the truth is related to exposing the motives, whether a motive is right or wrong. A person who has this gift has a very strong conviction about what is right or wrong; such a person might not usually be a very diplomatic person. God will use this gift to help the Church take a stand for the truth.
2. Serving. These people delight in serving, delight in being used. They want to help people. This serving becomes the hands of the body. But, we need to have wisdom in how we recognize the gift. Many times we commit the mistake of placing a person gifted in serving in a place of authority and administration. But, that person doesn’t fit to head a department; he is gifted with serving.