The Gifts And Ministry of The Holy Spirit
DEFINITION OF THE MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS
 

Introduction

ROMANS 12:3-8   For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.   4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:  5  So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith;  7  Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;  8  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity {with simplicity: or, liberally}; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
 

Every Christian has a distinctive spiritual motivational gift. When we were born physically, we were born with certain natural abilities and attributes. When we were born spiritually, we receive certain spiritual abilities as a member of the body of Christ. Natural abilities produce natural results, spiritual abilities produce spiritual results.

Finding personal fulfilment is only possible by developing your spiritual gift.

Each of us has a desire for meaningful achievement. The ultimate of this is having a significant part in God's divine program. This will only be accomplished as each member of Christ's body functions according to their gift.

God wants each of us to discover and understand our gift. If we are to concentrate on our gift, we must first understand what that gift is. If we are to have harmony with others in the body, we must understand what their personal functions are.

Remember:

1. When we exercise our motivational gift through our ministry, the Holy Spirit will determine what manifestations will be needed to make our ministry successful.

2. The motivation gifts are given to us to have and hold; they are permanent; we have one. Ministries are people with different ministries; one may be used in more than one ministry. For example, one may have several ministries, and the Holy Spirit may manifest Himself in any way it seems necessary to Him.

But we only have one basic motivational gift.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (RSV)

"Each has received A GIFT, employ it for one another, as good stewards

of God's varied grace; whoever SPEAKS as one who utters the oracles of

God; whoever renders SERVICE, as one who renders it by the strength

which God supplies;......"

Notice it says "as each has received a gift." The noun is singular, showing

we only have one basic gift. Also notice it divides the gifts into two groups; i.e., speaking and serving.

SPEAKING         SERVING

Prophecy               Service

Teaching               Giving

Exhorting               Ruling

                             Showing Mercy

Notice there is more serving than speaking.

While each of us have but one motivational gift, we are commanded to perform all seven as activities. For example, we will minister in a limited way along the line of other motivational gifts. So to say, "I can't do it, that's not my gift", is nonsense.

Each of us will perform all seven as activities, but they will be done through our basic motivation.

Example:

If our gift is teaching we would show mercy to one who is sick in order to clarify the truth.

If giving they we may use administration to help other organize their affairs.

If prophecy we would serve to show what God's heart is for His people and want it done to a proper standard.

There is a minimum of weariness and a maximum of effectiveness in all activities when we approach them through our motivation. Knowing each other's motivation coordinates and unifies Christians within the body of Christ.

If a pastor has a motivation of serving, he will emphasize practical needs; but, if he has the motivation of mercy, he will emphasize the feeling or people in his messages and prayers. If a pastor has the motivation of administration, he will emphasize getting projects completed and the proper procedures to complete the projects. So, in each case, he will need others with different motivational gifts to help him have a well rounded ministry.

 
1. PROPHECY:

Proclaiming truth. The motivation to declare truth so that a person will know what is right and wrong. To proclaim truth in order to reveal to a person the secrets of the heart in order to produce repentance.

CHARACTERISTICS:

A. A need to express the message verbally.

B. The ability to discern the character and motives of people, often with quick judgements.

C. The capacity to identify, define and hate evil.

D. An openness to their own faults, and a willingness to experience broken-ness to prompt broken-ness.

E. The dependence on Scriptural truth to validate his authority.

F. A desire for outward evidences to demonstrate inward conviction.

G. A directness, frankness, and persuasiveness in speaking.

H. A concern for a reputation and program from God.

I. An inward weeping and personal identification with the sins of those he talks with.

J. An eagerness to have others point out their blind spots.

K. An amazing ability to sense when someone or something is not what it appears to be, and react harshly to any form of deception or dishonesty.

L. When they commit to a cause, they are wholeheartedly involved in it.

MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

A. Frankness may be viewed as harshness.

B. Interest in groups may be viewed as disinterest in individuals.

C. Efforts to gain results may be seen as gimmicks.

D. Focus on right and wrong may be judged as intolerance of partial good, or an

overreaction and the harsh judgments they have for themselves they can also have for others.

E. Emphasis on decisions may appear as neglecting spiritual growth.

F. Public boldness and strict standards may hinder intimate personal relationships.

G. The strong desire to convey truth may be interpreted as little interest in listening to another person's point of view.

H. The concern for right tends to cause them to expose a sinner rather than restoring.

I. The prophet can be very impulsive, and tend to have frustrations with long range goals.

J. They tend to divide everything into right and wrong, and when they make a judgement it becomes fixed in their minds, and persuade others to agree.


2. SERVING

Motivation to do what needs to be done. Demonstrating love by meeting practical needs, assisting and supporting leadership in making vision become reality. The gift of serving is absolutely necessary if a church or mission is to be successful.

CHARACTERISTICS

A. The ability to recall specific likes and dislikes of people and to remember the special interest of those they serve.

B. The alertness to detect and meet practical needs. They especially enjoy manual projects.

C. The motivation to meet needs as quickly as possible and seems to find extra stamina to achieve this; a disregard for weariness so the task is completed.

D. The willingness to use personal funds, time and strength to avoid delays.

E. Has a desire to complete the job with extra finishing touches and service.

F. The desire to sense sincere appreciation and the ability to detect insincerity.

G. The inability to say "no" finds themselves often over-involved.

H. A greater enjoyment of short range goals with frustration over long range goals.

I. A frustration when limitations of time are attached to goals.

MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

A. Quickness in meeting needs may appear to be pushy.

B. Avoidance of red tape may result in excluding others from job; i.e. others not doing it their way.

C. Their disregard for personal needs may extend to their own family's needs.

D. Eagerness in serving may prompt suspicion of self-advancement.

E. May react to others who do not detect and meet obvious needs and may become resentful when others don't follow through on suggestion to those needs.

F. Insistence on serving may appear to be rejection of being served.

G. Desire to serve sincere appreciation and approval may result in being easily hurt.

H. Lack of ability to delegate can cause an imbalance, frustration to them and to others, and poor prioritizing of their lives.


3. TEACHING: 

To clarify the truth; the motivation to search out and validate truth which has been presented. This gift of teaching and the ministry of teaching are not quite the same. The gift of teaching motivates one to study the Scriptures - the meaning of words - researching, checking translations, and preparing teaching material. They have more interest in researching truth than in preaching - they prepare the groundwork for preaching. They may have the ministry of teaching, but not always.

CHARACTERISTICS:

A. The belief that their gift is foundational to other gifts.

B. Places emphasis on the accuracy of words.

C. Testing the knowledge of those who teach them and will be very alert to false teachers and teachings.

D. A delight in research in order to validate truth.

E. The validating of new information by establishing systems of truth, and using accepted works of recognized authorities.

F. Presentation of truth in a systematic sequence, and a needs to know the events in the order in which they occurred.

G. Avoids using personal experiences to validate truth, and also illustrations from non-biblical sources.

H. A greater joy in researching truth, and gathering facts than presenting it.

MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

A. The emphasis on the accuracy of Scriptural interpretation may appear to neglect its practical application.

B. The teacher can be prone to rely on intellectual ability to research the Word rather than being subject to the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit that comes through meditation.

C. The teacher's ability to acquire knowledge can very easily lead to pride, and at the least seem to show pride.

D. The concern to impart details of research may appear to be unnecessary to those listening.

E. The need to be objective in research may appear to lack warmth and feeling when speaking.


4. EXHORTING:

To move people into action and stimulate faith in others. Generally one to one, but even when speaking to a large group they speak as if to one person. Stimulates faith in others by giving steps of action and projects to carry out.

CHARACTERISTICS:

A. A commitment to see spiritual growth and a willingness to become involved to see it achieved.

B. Sees a vision of what needs to take place and prescribes steps of action to see it take place.

C. A tendency to avoid systems of information which lack practical application.

D. Will encourage others through trials with the confidence that it can produce new levels of maturity.

E. Needs to see the facial expressions of listeners to determine their response to ensure a positive result.

F. Will try to learn insights from experiences that can be validated and then amplified by Scripture.

G. An enjoyment with those eager to follow steps of action.

H. A grief when teaching is not accompanied by practical steps of action.

I. A delight to watch growth occur in other lives because of obedience.

MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

A. The emphasis on steps of action may appear to over simplify the problem and show over-confidence in them.

B. The use of Scripture for practical application may appear to take it out of context.

C. The emphasis on steps of action may appear to categorize problems, and, disregard the feeling of those being counseled.

D. The confidence that they come over with may appear to be pride or self confidence.

E. Their willingness to help people cuts into family and personal responsibilities which can cause resentment from family.

F. The exhorter has little patience, and can lose hope with those who don't quickly and consistently respond to the steps of action cutting them off and gravitating to those who seem to respond.
 
 

5. GIVING:

To entrust personal assets to others for the furtherance of their ministry. Responds to logic. A person with this gift is usually successful in gaining wealth so as to have money to give. They often have the ability to gain sources from which to draw on.

CHARACTERISTICS:

A. An ability to make wise purchases and investments, spending time looking for the best deals.

B. A desire to give quietly to effective projects or ministries (avoiding the pressure of publicity).

C. An attempt to use his giving to motivate others to give.

D. An alertness to valid needs which he fears others might overlook.

E. An enjoyment in meeting needs without the pressure of appeals.

F. A joy when his gift is an answer to specific prayer.

G. A dependency on partner's counsel to confirm the amount of a gift.

H. A desire that his gift might be of the highest quality.

I. A desire to feel part of the work or person to whom he gives.

MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

A. The need to deal with large sums of money may appear to focus on temporal values.

B. The desire to increase the effectiveness of a ministry by his gift may appear as an attempt to control the work or person.

C. The attempt to encourage others to give may appear as a lack of generosity and unnecessary pressure.

D. The lack of response to pressure appeals may also appear as a lack of generosity.

E. The personal frugality by which he lives may appear to friends and relatives as selfishness in not meeting their wants.

F. It is easy for the giver to "play God". If they get their eyes off of the Lord and don't seek the leading of the Holy Spirit.
 


6. ORGANIZATION:

To coordinate the activities of others for the achievement of common goals. To administer on a just and fair basis, seeing that each phase of the ministry will be carried out effectively, efficiently, decently and in order. To lead and patiently trust that vision will become a reality.

CHARACTERISTICS:

A. An ability to see the overall picture and to clarify long range plans.

B. A motivation to organize that for which they are responsible.

C. A desire to complete tasks as quickly as possible.

D. An awareness of the resources available to complete the task.

E. An ability to know what can or cannot be delegated and who will need help in finishing delegated responsibilities.

F. A tendency to stand on the sidelines until those in charge turn over responsibility to them.

G. A tendency to assume responsibility if no structured leadership exists.

H. A willingness to endure reaction from others in order to accomplish the ultimate task.

I. An enjoyment on seeing a task completed and everything tidied up and back in place; then will be looking for next challenge.

MISUNDERSTANDINGS:

A. The ability to delegate responsibility may appear as laziness in avoiding work.

B. The organizer can often neglect explanations with the instructions which may prompt workers to feel they are being misused.

C. Viewing people as resources may appear that projects are more important than people.

D. The desire to complete tasks swiftly may appear to be, insensitivity to the schedule, weariness or priorities of workers.
 


7. MERCY:

Givers of charity and doers of acts of kindness, compassion or mercy, identifying with and comforting those in distress. To feel empathy with those who suffer misfortune; and to emotionally and mentally relate to their needs and give them help.

CHARACTERISTICS:

A. The avoidance of firmness may appear to be weakness and indecisiveness.

B. The sensitivity to the feelings of others may cause some to feel they are guided by emotions rather than logic.

C. The attraction and understanding of those in distress may be misinterpreted by those of the opposite sex.

D. The sensitivity to words and actions which cause hurts can lead to taking up another's offense.

E. A danger to sympathize rather than empathize and therefore often overlook and tolerate wrong doing that is causing suffering.

F. Often struggle with God allowing a good person to suffer and react to it.
 

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