Wednesday – April 18, 2018 – Each Gift Complements the Others.
Romans 12:6-8 (NIV) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
All of the motivational gifts are complementary to each other. They are complementary in the sense that they balance each other out. Those with the gift of prophecy especially need to be balanced by those with the gift of mercy. Someone with the gift of serving must be balanced by someone with the gift of leadership. If all were motivated to serve, then where would the leadership come from. If all were motivated to deal with sin, then who would provide the mercy that is necessary to bring healing to the body of Christ.
On the balancing of these gifts, there are two critical issues that the church faces: First, the need to see everyone functioning in the gift that the Holy Spirit has given them. Second, and equally important, is the need to assure that a gift is used in the proper way and not misused.
When Paul was addressing the Corinthian church about what was going on in their services, he said in, 1 Corinthians 11:17 (NIV) In the following directives I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good. In an effort to outshine other members of the church, members were putting on display their more spectacular gifts and Paul had to correct that. Those who prophecy, do so in front of people and usually receive quite a bit of notoriety. On the other hand, those who show mercy almost always do so in the background and receive no recognition. We need to encourage everyone as we see them functioning in the gift that God has given them.
One more note of caution, no Christian should ever use as an excuse, “That is not my gift”, to be deficient in Christian character, expecting someone else to carry the weight of what the whole body of Christ needs to shoulder. We should never hear someone say, “Giving is not my gift, so I don’t give,” or “Showing mercy is not my gift, so I do not show mercy.” The difference is that those who have the gift of giving are motivated in everything they do because they have a giving heart. Those with the gift of mercy want to see needs met as they give.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, thank You for giving every member of the body of Christ a motivational gift that is rooted in all that they do for the Kingdom of God.