Part 2 in our Special Gifts series.

1 Corinthians 12:1

“Now concerning Spiritual Gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”

The meaning of the word translated “ignorant” is to be misinformed, unlearned, or unaware. Here is a crucial question:

Do you, or do you not believe that you have an enemy who desires to keep you ignorant? ­­­____

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 we see the different kinds or varieties of gifts.

1. Motivational; 2. Ministry; 3. Manifestation

What reason are they given by God? ­­­­­­­­­­­­For the Edification of the Church Body

1 Peter 4:10 says, “As each one has received a special gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Peter tells us to use our gifts to serve one another. This is not an option but is a command from God our Father. Each of us has the responsibility to:

Discover our gift. Develop our gift. Exercise our gift.

Your motivational gift is what drives you. It is what causes you to do and think and be what God intends you to be. To discover your gift, simply ask God to reveal it to you in an unmistakable way. Understanding each motivational gift will give you an inside take on why your siblings in Christ act the way they do and say the things they say because you will understand their motivation--what drives them. Also, understand that the Spirit gifts us with all the motivational gifts only He gives different portions. In this study we'll discover why that is.

However, here are some things that may keep you from discovering your gift:

1. You have unresolved conflicts which are clouding the issue—unforgiveness, anger, pride, resentments. These are less obvious “Christian” sins.

2. Not currently involved in any kind of ministry. God reveals our gifts as we act not as we sit.

3. Trying to imitate someone else’s gift.

4. Failure to analyze what you do and why. Ask yourself the question: What is my motive--real reason--for doing or saying what I did or said? This is one key to finding your spiritual motivational gift after you have asked God to reveal it to you. Another key is the understand each motivational gift. That is how this study will help you. The main thing is to understand your gift and then work within your gift. When you do that you will find you have so much more energy; you'll be happier because the natural joy of your salvation will bubble forth; you will be "in-tune" with God, working within His will; your faith will be stronger.

5. You are confusing ministry with your gift. 1 Corinthians 12:4-

HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR GIFT?

1. You must learn to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. This takes discipline and practice. This means you are willing to examine your life and cooperate with God to take care of anything that shouldn’t be there. You must admit dependence. We only get our significance from God…As Christians with the mind of Christ, this is who we are.

2. Learn the characteristics of your gift. Ask God to sharpen your focus and to increase your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s motivation of you. You will see results that will dazzle you! There will be a depth to your life that others will recognize but more importantly you will be so much more satisfied in your walk with the Lord. The more you develop your gift the more maturity and fruitfulness you will manifest and the more real joy will fill your heart.

REMEMBER…

If I don’t involve myself in other people’s lives, I won’t see my gift! Is that a shocker? It shouldn't be. Jesus was all about being up in the middle of people's lives, even drawing them out of their lives and putting them to work in a different one, just like He did with His disciples.

Here is an encouraging thought…God can express Himself through you using all the gifts because He equips you for the momentary need as well as the long-term needs of your sisters and brothers in Christ. Think about that statement and describe what it means.

God will use any means necessary to draw us to Himself. He will give me a booster shot of perception if that is what it takes to fill one of His children’s needs. Or a booster shot of any of the other gifts. All gifts are to give God glory and to motivate His children and to get His work done.

This is Part 2 in a series of lessons inspired by Charles Stanley's sermons on the Spiritual Gifts and from Katy and Don Fortune's book on motivational Spiritual Gifts.

Moving on to Part 3 here.

Part 1 is located Here if you missed it last week.