What is our spiritual DNA? What lens do we see life through? Knowing our Romans 12 spiritual gifts, also called motivational gifts, clue us in.
I’m not a super teachy type, but I’m reaching deep today. What invigorates me, is seeing us reach our full potential in Christ. My main motivational gift is Exhortation/Encouragement.
What invigorates you?
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.(Romans 12:6-8)
In the scenario below where do you see yourself?
You are at a party and witness a drink drop. Which way do you respond?
- “Who did this? Clean up this mess.”
- “Are you ok. Did you get any on you? Let me help.”
- “Here, take my super absorbent towel to clean with”
- I grab the nearest towel and start to clean up.
- “Way to go, cleaning up this mess. It sure is dirty, but you are doing a great job!”
- “You, grab the towel. You, grab the mop, and you, block the way so no one slips on the wet floor. Ill check back with you in five”
- “According to research the best way to clean up this type of spill is…”
Thumbprints of the Gifts
Traits of a Prophet
A prophet views life in two terms. Right and Wrong. They sniff out sin and experience instinctive urges to expose it. The goal is restoration. He or she is strong in justice.
Example: Apostle Peter
Pitfalls of a Prophet
He is short on grace, especially with himself.
Traits of a Teacher
Teachers enjoy studying the word for hours. Gathering and validating facts on a biblical topic is her prime way to problem solve. She is able dissect truths and present them in an orderly fashion.
Pitfalls of a Teacher
Emphasis on practical application and spiritual anecdotes may annoy a teacher. She may become prideful in her knowledge of the bible.
Traits of Serving
Servers see the practical needs in the room and quickly meet them. They are good at following through on tasks.
Example: Martha of Bethany
Pitfalls of Serving
Servers are tempted to be task oriented and miss relationship building opportunities.
Traits of Exhortation
Exhorters propel people forward into their destiny. They acknowledge your pain and cheerlead you through it.
Pitfalls of Exhortation
Exhorters can oversimplify solutions.
Traits of Giving
Wise with their finances, givers rarely pile up debt. They meet large financial needs others with the same income can not.
Example: Matthew; Ebenezer Scrooge
Pitfalls of Giving
Passionate about saving, givers can fall into miser mode.
Traits of Administration
Administrators visualize the end goal and know all the steps needed in between. They are sleuths at delegating tasks to people with the skill set to match it.
Pitfalls of Administration
Appear bossy as they put the project before the emotions and needs of family or team members.
Traits of Mercy
Mercy motivated people are sensitive to the emotions and needs of others. They embrace us as we overcome sin, and cry with us in our pain.
Example: Apostle John, Mother Theresa
Pitfalls of Mercy
Sin may be overlooked and confrontations avoided.
Discovering our Motivation
As a new Christian my heart was more like a rummage sale than a beautiful Anthropologie display window. To unearth the real me, I needed to pluck out the hurts shrouding the treasure. The real gift emerged as God excavated those broken places. Truth is, we are still excavating.
But we can’t let what’s wrong with us blind us from what’s right in us. Christ is in you loving all those right and broken parts. Your awesome is in His hands, waiting to be unearthed.
Take the test here. You will get a picture of yourself even if your heart is hurting. We are all a beautiful work in progress (even when we don’t feel so beautiful). Take the test again in 5 years and see how it is the same and how your edges are more defined.