Romans Bible Study Lesson 52

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Motivational Gifts I

Romans 12:6—8

Understanding what your spiritual gift is and learning to use it can change your life. Hopefully this knowledge will enable you to serve with more confidence and boldly say no without guilt if need be. By seeing where you fit into the Body, you not only will be able to serve more effectively but you will have an appreciation for the other gifts. You can be confident in knowing that God has gifted you and placed you in the exact part of the body that He wanted you to be. Now it is up to you to discover where your gifted areas are and to put them to work.

 

Overview

Each particular gift views the world through their own eyes and therefore may wonder why everyone does not see things their way.

Perceiver: Views life as right or wrong, in God’s will or out of God’s will.

Server: Approaches life with: “What can I do to help the situation?”

Teacher: Searches for truth.

Exhorter: Sees opportunities to encourage people.

Giver: Looks for ways to invest time, talents and money.

Administrator: Has a broad vision. Sees the big picture.

Compassion: Recognizes hurt and sees ways to express love.

When we come to understand our own gifted area we will be able to serve God more effectively. When we understand other people’s gifts, we can see how they were designed to fit into the body and should then learn to appreciate their importance.

These gifts were given to benefit other members of the Body of Christ. Each member belongs to each other and we are to serve each other. When you come to church you should be thinking about whom you need to build up, encourage or serve. When you don’t use your gift the whole Body suffers because others will need to pick up the slack. You also lose out on blessings that naturally come when you are doing the Lord’s work.

Romans 12:5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Perceiver

Romans lists this gift as prophet. Normally we think of a prophet as being a person through whom God supernaturally speaks. This particular gift was no longer needed when the canon of Scripture was complete. God now speaks through His Word by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

Another was to look at this gift is to view the perceiver as one who is sensitive to God’s leading. They are able to perceive God’s will and declare it. Biblical prophets would hear God’s message and then proclaim it. He was the one through whom God would speak. Since the completion of Scripture, God still speaks to us through His Word. The perceiver is especially sensitive to what God reveals in Scripture. They may often be called to prayer instead of proclamation. When a Perceiver speaks, the Body needs to pay attention.

Characteristics:

1. They see things as black and white, good or evil, true or false.

2. Hates what is evil.

3. The Bible is the absolute standard to live by.

4. Often very perceptive concerning where people are spiritually.

5. Encourages others to turn from their sin.

6. Desire for others to grow spiritually and wants to help in that process.

7. Introspective; they are very aware of their weaknesses and failings.

8. Want to be obedient to God no matter what the cost.

9. Strongly opinionated.

10. Often outspoken (but should remember to pray before speaking).

11. They are alerted to situations so they can pray.

12. Usually does not have many close friends (few can live up to their standards).

Problems:

1. Can be judgmental and blunt (pray more, judge less).

2. Hard for them to praise partial progress because they expect perfection.

3. Often pushy in getting other people to mature spiritually (again, they need to pray).

4. Intolerant of opinions and views that differ than their own.

5. They struggle with self-image problems. They are painfully aware of their shortcomings and will judge themselves harshly.

Server

Servers are the hands of the Body. They are the ones who can see what needs to be done and work to that end. We will often see servers in the church kitchen. They love to help, assist, carry out instructions and be used in any number of ways. They don’t like to be in the limelight so you will find them working in the background. A server does many of the little things that you take for granted.

Characteristics:

1. Is in tune with people’s practical needs and has a strong desire to meet them.

2. Enjoys providing for physical needs and comforts and the ability to remember other’s likes and dislikes.

3. Shows their love for people through actions instead of words.

4. They need to feel appreciated.

5. They enjoy working with their hands.

6. Will stay with a project until it’s complete. They don’t like to leave work unfinished.

7. Has a hard time saying no. Must remember to ask God if it is something they are to do.

8. They don’t like to head up a project, they would rather do it.

9. Prefers clear, concise instructions.

10. Has a high energy level.

Problems:

1. Can be critical of others who do not help out with obvious needs (Martha).

2. May neglect their own family’s needs for the needs of others.

3. Accepts too many jobs at one time. Has trouble saying no.

4. Can wear themselves out physically.

5. Feels uncomfortable when others try to serve them.

6. Can be easily hurt when their work is not noticed or appreciated.

Teacher

The Teacher is compared to the brains of the Body. They enjoy researching and studying and then sharing what they have learned. Their goal is to find and disseminate the truth.

Characteristics:

1. Enjoys study and research.

2. Has many areas of interest.

3. Feels there is nothing more important than studying the Bible.

4. Prefers to use biblical illustrations instead of real-life examples.

5. Hates to see Scripture used out of context.

6. Believes truth has the power to produce change.

7. Much prefers to teach believers than evangelize the lost.

8. Tends to be quiet until the information has been heard, observed and discussed.

9. They want to be sure that what they believe is based on fact.

10. They like to be technically precise.

11. Able to present ideas in a logical, systematic way.

12. Objective rather than subjective.

13. Self-disciplined and emotionally self-controlled.

14. Has a select circle of friends.

Problems:

1. Tends to neglect the practical application of the truth.

2. Criticizes sound teaching because of technical flaws.

3. Can bore listeners with research details.

4. May develop pride in intellectual ability.

5. Easily sidetracked by new interests.

 

For additional information on the Motivational Spiritual Gifts please see

Discover Your God-Given Gifts by Don and Katie Fortune