Thursday – April 19, 2018 – Understanding Each Gifts Function.
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.
Central to Christian community is the need to trust others. That is why it is so important to use your motivational gift in the proper way. No one likes to be misused or abused. That is why you must understand how each motivational gift functions.
Prophecy focuses on the truth and the benefits that accrue as you live according to it. It sees sin as detrimental to the well-being of the body and seeks to root out the cause for sin in a person’s life.
Serving focuses on the needs of others and desires to free them of any burden that would keep them from fulfilling God’s call on their lives. The freedom that serving provides to others comes from humbly loving them. Read Galatians 5:13.
Teaching explains the truth in a way that is understandable and actionable. It provides information that enables the hearers to make complete and accurate decisions based on knowledge.
Encouraging desires to bring people to a place of maturity. It will cheer as people make the right decisions and confront in love when they don’t. Encouragers will seek and root out deceitfulness. It rejoices when others experience their rights as children of God.
Giving by its nature is unselfish. Givers receive no greater joy than to see their resources being used to relieve the distress in someone else’s life. Giver’s are confident that as they supply the needs of others, God will put more into their lap, so they will have even more to share.
Leadership always has a plan. It has a clear picture of where the church needs to go and develops a path that will lead there. The parameters will be clear and will be done in a fitting and orderly way.
Showing mercy is rooted in compassion. Those with the mercy gift are willing to share in the suffering of others, hoping that the sufferers can experience relief. For them, no burden is too heavy. Their greatest goal is to remove the source of the suffering, if possible.
Prayer: Thank You, Holy Spirit, that these gifts work together, and in a healthy body, each part is at work supplying what other’s lack. Help me do my part.