Practical Applications

The epitome of practical application of Spiritual Gifts is Jesus. He had them all in equal measure and applied them perfectly. We only need to read one of the Gospels to find Jesus illustrating them all. Since we are not Jesus, and since God promised us a prominence in one gift for the edification of the church body as well as for our own motivations, we have a huge range of applications to discover. You have probably already thought of various applications for your gift as well as the gift of others in your church. If you are on a personnel committe or a nominating committee, I beg you to consider the gifts before you stick a sibling in a job that they may not be motivated to do.

Evaluation of your Motivational Spiritual Gifts…

You may have some close scores and there could be a number of reasons for this:

1. It may be that your motivational gift was squelched in your childhood or is currently being hindered by a current circumstance…therefore another gift may be taking precedence at this point.

2. A second reason is that your self-image is so poor that you are unable to even recognize your underlying personality and your actual giftedness. This sounds so harsh, but recognizing a poor self-image and/or false humility is the first step to actually realizing your own special gift that God gave you. Recognizing that is then the next step to being utilized by God for the work He prepared for you before the foundation of the world.

3. Perhaps your current activities or employment make strong use of a secondary gift so your scoring is influenced more by your present involvement rather than your giftedness.

4. Or you’re trying to be something you are not. Perhaps you are trying not to be something you are.

5. Finally, you may indeed have two motivational gifts that are equally strong because God gifted you in just that way. The two gifts will modify each other in order to bring harmony and balance.

If you find you have identical scores in two gifts then then set the scoring sheet aside for a few days or weeks. During this time, pay attention to the choices you make, how you feel in situations and pay special attention to what motivates you. After studying these gifts for these past weeks, it shouldn’t take you long to come up with a “leaning” toward one of the gifts. If not, then face the fact that you have two primary gifts. There are some people like that.

We are going to study this week the various ways we are commanded to put Love into action. Love In Action is the actual utilizing of your Spiritual Gifts.

Putting Love Into Action

Romans 12:9-21(Amplified Bible)

9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.10Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family], giving precedence and showing honor to one another. 11Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. 12Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of God's people [sharing in the necessities of the saints]; pursue the practice of hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you [who are cruel in their attitude toward you]; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief]. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God's] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. 20But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. 21Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.

Take a minute to write down all the specific actions Christians are to do as we live for Jesus and live like Jesus. How do these actions apply to your gift? Here again, it is a matter of preference, not a matter of duty. Which of these actions are just your natural reaction or inclination to situations?

I do not have permission from Don and Katy Fortune to post from their book anything except the attributes. Therefore, I will just post some scripture which illustrate Jesus's attributes of each gift. (One of my English teacher friends just informed me that it is correct grammer to put the 's on the end of a person's name that ends in "s". (It goes against the grain for me because I didn't learn it that way in Freshman English. I'm sorry Mrs. Boatright!) See if you can list the attribute depicted from each verse. We'll start at Perceiver today and go through each gift to Mercy.

John 12:49 I'm not making any of this up on my own. The Father who sent me gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it.

– John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.

John 4:18 You've had five husbands, and the man you're living with now isn't even your husband. You spoke the truth there, sure enough.
Matthew 12:34"You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It's your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words.

Mark 1:35 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed.

Matthew 21:13 He quoted this text:My house was designated a house of prayer;You have made it a hangout for thieves.

Matthew 23:27 "You're hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You're like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it's all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh.

These illustrate some attributes of the Perceiver. Okay... you don't have time to go looking up all the references. I understand that. The attributes are, speaking only what God says; the Truth is important above all things; He could see into people's hearts; He prayed and interceded; He hated evil; He was frank and outspoken.

Can you find Scripture that illustrates other attributes of the Gifts we've studied?