Part 3 in our series...

1 Corinthians 14:1 Prophecy or Perception 1Love should be your guide. Be eager to have the gifts that come from the Holy Spirit, especially the gift of prophecy.

Galatians 5:13 Service 13My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don't use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love.

Colossians 3:16 Teaching 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Hebrews 3:13 Exhortation – Encouraging 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Luke 6:38 Giving 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."

Romans 13:2-6 Administration – Organization Romans 13:2 Whoever opposes the existing authority opposes what God has ordered; and anyone who does so will bring judgment on himself. 3 For rulers are not to be feared by those who do good, but by those who do evil. Would you like to be unafraid of those in authority? Then do what is good, and they will praise you, 4 because they are God's servants working for your own good. But if you do evil, then be afraid of them, because their power to punish is real. They are God's servants and carry out God's punishment on those who do evil. 5 For this reason you must obey the authorities—not just because of God's punishment, but also as a matter of conscience. 6 That is also why you pay taxes, because the authorities are working for God when they fulfill their duties. 1 Timothy 3:4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence.

Colossians 3:12 Mercy – Compassion 12Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

Because Jesus lives within us and we have the Mind of Christ, we all have the capacity to exercise all these gifts. At any given need of someone we come into contact with, God grants us a “booster shot” of a motivational gift to minister with and which that person needs. Or if a situation arises which results in an identified need but no one to fill that need, then God provides that gift to one of His children so the need can be filled. However, God has designed the Body of Christ and each member of the body to fill a specific need in the Body. He has done this so that we can build each other up, we can edify (teach/encourage) one another to reach our full potential and maturity in Christ. Others can point out our “blind spots” if we are willing to listen and learn.

Why would God give you a "booster shot" to minister to someone or to fill in a "hole"? I have lived and worked in many churches. I have watched so many people set on pews hatching absolutely nothing, while just a few people do all the work. I'm sure you've observed this, too. What we'll see is that God provides abundantly for His work and some setters don't recieve even one half of the blessings God would love to pour out on them simply because they don't step up to the plate and bat. It doesn't have to be a home run, God just wants us willing to stand there and swing. He's going to provide the bat, the uniform and the protective clothing. We just have to put it all on. One way is by studying His word and understanding why we act like we do, why we say what we say, and why we can be doing somethings and never get tired, while just a few minutes of doing other things and we're worn to a frazzle. Can I get an amen? Have you lived that, too?

It's at this point I usually ask the class to draw a circle and then draw seven pieces of pie, trying to make them as equal as possible, then label each one of the pieces with a gift. This is how to visualize that each of these gifts are of exactly equal importance. No one is more so or less so than the next. Without them all, the body of Christ would be misshapen and lumpy with muscles in odd places.

Look at Romans 12 again... This time in The Message.

3 I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. 4In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. 5The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, 6let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't. The Message, NavPress

Is he telling us not to be prideful about our abilities? Absolutely and he is also telling us that in Christ, each gift is His own very special gift to each one of us. Whichever motivational gift you have been given was granted in order to fully do those works which were planned for you by God from the very foundation of the world.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

This tells us quite plainly that God is very specific about what we are to do for Him. He is so specific that He gives us the motivation to do what He has planned all along for us. The highest motivation should be because we desire to please Him. This is one of the things that God desires most from us…the choosing to do His will and the exercising of our own free will to follow His plan for our lives.

Take a moment and jot down a position or job within the church body that you would love to do. If you'd love to do it, then it is something that you have the ability to do, except play the piano if you've never taken a lesson. Seriously, consider what you've written down. Are there steps you can take to make it happen for you to do that job? You can apply this to any aspect of your life. The reason we can, is because our motivations are not activated just when we walk into church. We have them intwined into the fibers of our being. This is what drives us and this is a most beautiful gift from God. We'd do well to use our motivations toward helping our siblings in Christ for this is why we were given them.

Below is a brief overview of each motivational gift:

GIFT

DEFINITION

NEEDS MET

WHAT IT DOES

PERCEIVER

Declares the will of God

Spiritual

Keeps us centered on spiritual principles

SERVER

Renders practical service

Practical

Keeps the work of ministry moving

TEACHER

Researches and teaches the Bible

Mental

Keeps us studying learning

EXHORTER

Encourages personal spiritual growth

Psychological

Keeps us applying spiritual truths

GIVER

Shares material assistance

Material

Keeps specific needs provided for

ADMINISTRATOR

Gives leadership & direction

Functional

Keeps us organized and increases our vision

COMPASSION/MERCY

Provides personal and emotional support

Emotional

Keeps us in right attitudes & relationships

With the above chart, we can easily see how the gifts can overlap and compliment each other. Draw a stick figure. Now label the parts of the body that each gift represents to you. Don’t fret over this, just do the best you can. This will be important for our next few lessons. Once we see how the gifts work, we'll be better able to see them in ourselves.

As we go through each gift, I will just be highlighting here. There is more in depth study on my blog, and I'll be giving links to those each week. For this study, you can go as slowly or as fast as you'd like.

Moving on to Part 4

Here is Part 1 and here is Part 2