If you have landed on this article then it means you are looking for an easy way to identify your spiritual gifts or rather I should say motivational gifts. This is particularly an interesting topic because everyone has his own motivational gifts but it’s not always we know or understand our spiritual gift.
A spiritual gift or motivational gift is the divine power of a person that lets the person does things the way he/she does. Many people refer to this type of quality as personalized gifts. We live out of our own gifts before we really understand the true power of our motivational gifts.
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:6-8
The Seven Motivational Gifts
It is possible for believers to receive the indwelling Spirit but for Christian the motivational gifts are:
1. Prophecy: It’s the eyes of the body of Christ
2. Service: It’s the hands of the body of Christ
3. Teaching: It’s the mind of the body of Christ
4. Giving: It’s the arms of the body of Christ
5. Exhortation: It’s the mouth of the body of Christ
6. Administration: It’s the head of the body of Christ
7. Mercy: It’s the heart of the body of Christ
People with this motivational gift are considered as the “seers” or “eyes” of the body. These types of people have insight, foresight, and they act like watchdogs in the church. They usually know about their motivational gift and want to use them to experience the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit. People with this type of gift have a burning heart for receiving specific words or visions from God which will bring clarity to individuals or churches. They also can warn for the sin or can reveal the sin. These types of people are serious, dedicated, and loyal to the truth even over friendship. However, sometimes people with this gift may lose the New Testament tone of grace, becoming hard and judgmental.
People with the motivational gift of serving are the “hands” of the body. These types of people are most apprehensive about meeting needs and they are also highly motivated, doers. Sometimes they over-commit but find it very joyful to serve and meet the short term goals. Moreover, people with this gift will always notice about practical nature that will help an individual or the church. However, the problem with this type of gift is leaping, before praying and thereby taking the lead away from the Lord. If it happens then it can lead to misguided efforts and the person with this gift can feel unappreciated or burn out and then left to the flesh. Though the Pastors always appreciate the gift of service and they always try to help these good-hearted workers learn the ways of wisdom.
If you have the motivational gift of teaching then you are the mind of the body. This motivational gift is foundational and people with this spiritual gift emphasize the accuracy of words and love to study and teach people the wisdom of God. They always remain busy with research to validate the truth. The focus of people with this gift is different from the prophet’s as they always seek the whole counsel of the Word of God with a willingness to leave the individual’s response to conscience. So, there is a fine line between preaching and teaching. People with this spiritual gift are more focused on getting the “head knowledge” right.
People with the spiritual gift of Giving are the “arms” of the body. They enjoy reaching out in giving and like to spread the prospect of blessing others. They always try to give or distribute quietly or secretly but at the same time, they also motivate others to give. These types of people always remain alert to people’s needs as well as remain busy to fulfill people’s needs. The best thing about this motivational gift is people remain cheerful and always give the best that they can. They remain consciously aware that their calling is to be a passage of blessing and they genuinely want to keep the river flowing. People with this gift don’t seek recognition of what they are giving away.
Those with the motivational gift of encouragement are the “mouth” of the body. These types of people inspire other believers and are driven by an aspiration to see people grow and mature in the Lord. People with this gift are practical and positive and they seek positive responses. It is better known as encouragement which means to give courage to the hearts of other people. These types of people always look for opportunities like who is cast down or who needs building up? They always look for ways to lift their spirits higher. The job of the teacher to help you learn the truth where an exhorter wants to help you believe what you have already learned. So if you don’t want to find out what the “gift of discouragement” looks like in operation then watch out for one in the flesh who will lift your sprite.
People with the motivational gift of leadership are the “head” of the body. These types of people have the capability of seeing the overall picture and set long-term goals. They are also good organizers and find efficient ways of getting the work done. They don’t always look for leadership but they will come forward when no leader is available. They also receive satisfaction when others come together to complete the task. They also have the ability to supervise others, cast vision, assemble a team, etc. people with this gift are very important for society because we need the energetic devotion to duty or things would really fall apart. It is our duty to thank God for this gift as well as the integrity and willingness to sacrifice ordinary pleasures for the sake of others.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
If you have the spiritual gift of Mercy then you are the “heart” of the body. People with this gift can easily understand the joy or distress in other people and are sensitive to feelings and needs. They always remain attached to people in need and remain patient. They are actually motivated by a desire to see people healed of hurts. They are truly humble in nature and evade firmness. They have the ability to notice the hurting people among us and spread their hands to draw them out from the suffering. They don’t spend time thinking about the reason for your problem and they don’t want to know if you are learning from the experience or not. What they want is to see you free from the pain. You can trust this type of person with all your heart.
Finally, it’s important for us to know our motivational gifts so that we can touch the lives of others through our abilities. If we try to serve God in our own strength, apart from our motivational gifts then there are chances we will lose our joy as our inner motivation wanes. As a result, we will grow weary and burn out.
I hope from the above information you have got an idea about motivational gifts and able to find out your spiritual gift.