Motivational Gifts: 7 truths about God-given gifts
Rom 12:3-8 NIV
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
7 truths about gifts
1.All are good gifts for us, chosen especially by Our Father.
Eph 1:4 NIV
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
Eph 2:10 NIV
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do
Jer 29:11 NIV
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
James 1:17 NIV
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
2.All are for the 'common good’. We all have a contribution in our gift area.
Ps 100:2 NIV
Serve the Lord with gladness'
“It’s not to ‘have to’, but the ‘want to’.
3.All are ‘grace’ gifts and to be received with joy. Grace and gift joy are linked in the Greek.
Rom 12:6 NIV
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
4.Jesus had all in perfect balance. He is the only 'perfect man'.
Heb 1:3 NIV
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven
5.Discover and develop the bits and pieces (DNA) of gifting as God selected for you.
We all have a combination of all. But they are not perfected.
Acts 6:2-4 NIV
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
6.Usage means fruitfulness and satisfaction and ‘prosperity' (good road/journey)
Jn 15:16a NIV
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.
7.Use it or lose it.
Mat 25:28-30 NIV
“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’