Romans 12: 6-8- “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” NKJV
The Bible mentions three major areas of giftings: ministry gifts, motivational gifts, and manifestation gifts. I have some blogs that cover the ministry and manifestation gifts in my archives, so today we will look briefly at the motivational gifts.
Paul gives us an analogy of the body. We can all picture the body because we have one. Each part of our body is an individual part that makes up a whole. The whole suffers when one part is out of commission or in pain because the body is interconnected with each part. The same is true for the church, the Body of Christ. We are all members individually, but together we make up the Body, His Church.
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.Romans 12:4-5 NKJV
The gifts mentioned in Romans are called the Romans gifts, or the motivational gifts; while they could easily be called gifts of grace. The Greek word for gifts in Romans is charisma and it means a gift of grace. These gifts are found in both sinners and believers, and therefore are aptly named gifts of grace. We tend to refer to them as motivational gifts because they are ingrained in us in such a way that they are the motives behind our actions and colors all that we see. One of my favorite books on the subject is “Discover Your God-Given Gifts” by Don and Katie Fortune. If you want to really understand more of these gifts, I highly recommend that you get a book, or look for some teachings on Youtube!
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, then prophesy whenever you can—as often as your faith is strong enough to receive a message from God. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons are strong and helpful. If God has given you money, be generous in helping others with it. If God has given you administrative ability and put you in charge of the work of others, take the responsibility seriously. Those who offer comfort to the sorrowing should do so with Christian cheer.Romans 12:6-8 TLB
Paul stated that God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. Whether you are a doctor, lawyer, bricklayer, or entrepreneur, God has given you that ability to do what you are doing. It’s part of His grace being extended to each of us! So whatever the gift is that God has given you, Paul tells us to get busy doing it!
Prophecy is the first gift listed. Paul said that if God has given you the ability to prophesy, do so whenever you can. I remember my sister-in-law and I were talking years ago. Suddenly she said something like this, “I get it now! You are prophet-motive!” What she was saying is that the color of my lens is that of prophecy because a major characteristic of those with this gifting is that we don’t see gray in life. I’m not necessarily prophetic, but occasionally I see or hear things in my spirit that I believe God is showing me, or saying to me; and when I act on it, people are blessed. Mostly though, I seem to have a strong sense of right and wrong that motivate my actions in life.
If your gift is that of serving, serve well. Each of us may be called to operate in every single one of these areas during the course of our life; however, the major difference between “filling in” and being gifted, is the ease you have in doing something. My older sister is a server! We can easily call her Martha instead of by her given name. Whether hosting an event or just hanging out, she’ll be the one serving others! If you sit down an empty glass she will refill it or wash it. She is always moving and doing things for others and she makes it look easy and she makes others feel welcomed and cared for. She’s a server and she does it well!
If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. While I’m definitely prophet motive, my gift is that of teaching. I’m a school teacher by profession, but I absolutely love teaching the word of God. In any form. At any time. With or without notice. Being paid or not being paid. Five minutes or fifty minutes. I have no greater joy in life than when I am teaching. Although I have struggled in my profession for years, it has only been because I wanted to be teaching the word and not children. Having said that, I do a good job with teaching!
If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons are strong and helpful. I really like how this passage is written in the Living Bible. If you preach, and that is your gift, you make preaching look like anybody can do it! We know that is not true because everyone hasn’t been gifted like you have! Preachers are charismatic individuals and they tend to have personalities that are like salesmen. The ones who are using their gift for the gospel are encouraging God’s people. Most exhorters are great encouragers in every area of their life. They are the ones full of compliments and words that make you feel good about yourself! It’s a gift!
If God has given you money, be generous! The giver typically is very generous. Bill Gates is a giver! Warren Buffet is a giver! I don’t know their spiritual condition but I know they have been graced with the finances and the ability to give. But I know other givers who aren’t so financially strong, and yet they give and keep on giving. They are blessed beyond measure as they continuously sow into the kingdom and the lives of God’s people.
If God has given you administrative abilities and put you in charge of the work of others, take the responsibility seriously. There is nothing worst than to be working under someone who doesn’t take their leadership of you seriously! But a leader, anointed by God, and surrendered to the anointing, will make you happy to be on their team! Even unsaved leaders, who are gifted, makes things flow well! It’s a joy working with true leaders, but the perpetrators make a day at work seem much longer!
Lastly, Paul mentions the gift of mercy or compassion. He who has the gift of mercy or compassion should do so with cheerfulness! These individuals are gifted with being able to see past a fault to a need. You will find them in fields like nursing, doctors, shelters; because they have a compassion that motivates them to do something for others. It can get to be a little much, but Paul said keep showing compassion with cheerfulness. Don’t let it weigh you down!
I have not touched the surface, but suffice it to say, these gifts have been distributed to us for service to one another. We need them all operating in the body to continue the work of the Savior! What we have to be careful about with the gifts is that we can’t fault others for not “seeing” the things that we “see”, or for not “doing” the thing things that we so easily do. We have to remember that we are all wired differently, and because of that, we won’t all be “motivated” to do the same things in the Body! Wonderful Jesus!