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lesson 16 - Motivational gifts

God is a Trinity or a Tri-unit: God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these has given gifts unto mankind.

  • God the Father has given motivational gifts. Romans 12:6-8
  • God the Son has given ministry gifts. Ephesians 4:11
  • God the Holy Spirit has given manifestation gifts. I Corinthians 12:8-10

I Corinthians 12:4-6

  • Verse 4
    • Special abilities operated by the Holy Spirit.
  • Verse 5
    • Persons called to special service
  • Verse 6
    • Our basic inward drive

WHAT ARE MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS?

There are seven gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8

These are given to us at birth and are our responsibility to develop.

  • Prophecy (Example: Simon Peter) This is a person with the temperament or personality of a prophet. This person is moved to reveal unrighteous actions or motives by presenting God’s truth.
    Dangers of this personality
    • Becoming proud of his persuasiveness.
    • Relying more on his ability to speak than on the Holy Spirit to convict.

What is the balance for the gift of Prophecy? Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Despise the evil and hold to the good.

  • Serving (Example: Timothy) This person is motivated with the desire to demonstrate love by
    meeting practical needs. Dangers of this personality
    • Becoming proud of his good deeds. Being pushy or premature in meeting needs.
    • Becoming bitter when deeds are not recognized or appreciated. What is the balance for the gift of Serving? Romans 12:10 Have genuine affection for others. Be willing for others to get
      the credit.
  • Teaching (Example: Luke) This person has a great desire to seek out and clarify the truth.
    Dangers of this personality
    • Bragging about what he knows.
    • Becoming so involved with research that he neglects people.
    • What is the balance for the gift of Teaching? Romans 12:11 To be diligent in work and alive in spirit. To do his work unto the Lord.

Exhortation (Example: Paul)

  • This person is motivated to build and stimulate the faith of others. Dangers of this personality
    • Boasting of personal results or becoming easily discouraged.
    • Motivating others for personal gain. What is the balance for the gift of Exhortation? Romans 12:12
      To rejoice in hope and be steady during trials. To be persistent in prayer.
  • Giving (Example: Matthew) This person is motivated to use assets in a profitable way for
    helping others. Dangers of this personality
    • Becoming proud of his giving.
    • Measuring spiritual success by material assets. What is the balance for the gift of Giving? Romans 12:13
      Giving freely to the total needs of Christians. Pursuing the art of hospitality.
  • Administration (Example: Nehemiah) This person is motivated by the desire to organize others for the
    achievement of common goals. Dangers of this temperament
    • Becoming proud of his power.
    • Overlooking major character flaws in those who are helpful in reaching his goals. What is the balance for the gift of Administration? Romans 12:14 Do good to those who curse you. Do not retaliate when done wrong.
  • Mercy (Example: John) This person is motivated by identifying and healing the hurts of others.
    Dangers of this personality
    • Resenting those who are insensitive to others.
    • Failing to discipline and being guided by emotions.

What is the balance for the gift of Mercy? Romans 12:15 Sharing the joy of the happy. Sharing the grief of the sad.

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVATIONAL GIFT?

Each one of us has been given a primary motivational gift. We may also have a secondary gift that influences our personality. Your ministry should flow through your motivational gift. We each can learn from others and continue to develop our personalities.

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

Dale Yerton