Finding Your Motivational Gift (Romans 12)
We’re going to cover the seven motivational gifts listed in Romans 12 to help you figure out how you fit in through what comes natural motivates to you. This may give you a newfound confidence and appreciation for the way God made you. It will also help you get better connected in a place of service in the church.
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Our church is full of different kinds of people. We all do not have the same personalities, talents, or gifts; but being different isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good thing. We need, help, and learn from each other.
6 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;
1) Prophecy – some call this the eyes of the body. The Greek word for prophecy means to “speak forth.” These are the ones that have a clear sense of right and wrong. They can also be very direct. This is not like the Old Testament (P)rophets. Paul says in Ephesians 2:20 that we, the Body of Christ, are “…built on their foundation.”
Pros: discernment, persistent, transparent, visionary, willing to change, looks for quality over quantity
Cons: don’t speak truth in love, don’t know when to be silent, hard headed, arrogant, easily discouraged because of high expectations
7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering;
2) Ministering – these are like the hands of the body. These are the ones always looking to meet the needs of others.
EX.: Martha serving, Cf. John 12:2
Pros: get things done, helper, server, highly motivated
Cons: show-off, become owners instead of stewards in what they do; easily frustrated when others don’t pull their weight, physically exhausted
7 ...he who teaches, in teaching;
3) Teaching – considered the mind of the body. Obviously, people with this gift like to teach. James 3:1 says, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
Pros: want to see others to grow, researcher, enjoy studying, loves the details, have new ideas
Cons: logical in faith situations, proud, boring, critical, over informative
8 he who exhorts, in exhortation;
4) Exhortation – the mouth of the church. They are attracted to people that are down and depressed.
Pros: peacemakers, not easily discouraged, enthusiastic, motivated, want to lift up others
Cons: struggle with rebuking and correction, lack of empathy, everything is mind over matter
8 ...he who gives, with liberality;
5) Giving – arms of the church (Cf. 2 Corinthians 9:7). These are joyfully to share what they have with others, whether it is financial, material, or the giving of personal time and attention. They are not necessarily rich.
Pros: resourceful, caring, selfless, sacrificial, seek opportunities to help others, good stewards
Cons: proud, owners instead of stewards, accumulate debt, don’t seek personal vitality, burn out, equates love and value with gifts
8 ...he who leads, with diligence;
6) Leading – shoulders of the church. This means literally to “guide.” They help bring order in the chaos.
Pros: visionary, plan long-term goals, good organizers, efficient, delegate, fix problems
Cons: pushy, ignore others input, manipulate, jump to conclusions, controlling
8 ...he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
7) Mercy – heart of the church. They are compassionate toward others who are in distress, showing sympathy and sensitivity coupled with a desire and the resources to lessen their suffering in a kind and cheerful manner.
Pros: compassionate, reach a lot of hurt people, empathetic, loyal, forgiving
Cons: oversensitive, easily offended, overwhelmed with other’s problems, burn out, struggle with rebuking and reproving
Most everyone has at least one dominant gift, and then secondary strengths. This is a great time to ask Jesus to help your gift strengths and weaknesses. No motivational gift is better than the other, because we need all them to function in a healthy church. Also, don’t box yourself or others. Realize that motivational gifts can be altered by maturity.
The motivational gifts can be put into two categories: speaking and doing. The speaking ones are the people who like to be out front, while the doing ones tend to be behind the scenes people.
Speaking: Prophecy, Teaching, Exhortation, Leading
Doing: Serving, Giving, Mercy