Spiritual gifts are a very important part of the New Testament.
Paul says “I would not have you ignorant of spiritual gifts.” There is ignorance about spiritual gifts in many churches, so there needs to be teaching on this subject.
Let’s look at the practical side of how spiritual gifts operate in the Church. Spiritual gifts are not just an option. Every member of the Church finds his/her place in the Body.
“that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Every member is involved by means of his/her gift. Gifts are not limited to just prophecy and healing. There is a broad aspect of the gifts; they include gifts like the gift of faith, the gift of helps, and the gift of hospitality as well. Paul mentions that he had the gift of celibacy. That is a different kind of gift, but that was what he was called to do. Paul also talked about the gift of martyrdom. Well, but that is a gift that one can operate only once (because once one is martyred, he is dead). Yet, it is a gift. Another unique gift is the gift of exorcism, of casting demons.
The gifts can be divided into three categories:
1. Motivational Gifts
2. Ministry Gifts
3. Manifestational Gifts
A person, when he is born, is born with gifts. The child possesses a personality of his own. He has traits and qualities engraved in him. In the same manner, a person who is “born again” is born with certain gifts.
“the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
“But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased” (1 Corinthians 12:18)
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10)
By these verses we know that every member of the Body has been given a measure of the grace of God, so that we could be what He has intended us to be.
THE EXERCISE OF THE GIFTS
Verse 4. Varieties of Gifts (Gk. Charismatos)
Verse 5. Varieties of Service
Verse 6. Varieties of Operation
1. Motivational Gifts (Romans 12:1-8)
2. Ministerial Gifts (Ephesians 4:11-16)
3. Manifestational Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
Before we can know what God wants us to do, we need to know what God wants us to be. The Motivational Gifts show us what God wants us to be.
Every believer has a motivation, motivated by the Spirit of God. Something inside that propels us to do what God wants us to do; we are inspired to do it, gifted to do it. You may look at certain people and say that they’re really gifted in something. But, the truth is that, within the Body of Christ, all are gifted. When we exercise our motivation by the Spirit, a ministry is brought forth in our life, and the Holy Spirit will determine what manifestation is to happen at what section of the ministry.