As we continue with our discussion of the spiritual gifts we need to be reminded that the Holy Spirit has endowed each of us with the gifts we have for the purpose of ministry to others and not for self edification. We should also realize that one particular gift is neither more important nor less important than any other gift. The gift(s) we individually possess are assigned to us specifically for ministering to those in our own circle of influence. And I sincerely believe that we will give an account of how well we have exercised them. With this in mind let’s move on.
You may be wondering why I have used the term motivational gifts in the title for this week’s discussion so let me address that. In Romans chapter 12 Paul begins to describe what the christian life and service should be for the glory of God and continues the dissertation through chapter 15. In chapter 12 he provides a list of gifts that have been given to believers to help meet the charge. As I stated in last week’s discussion, all of them are motivated by the love that is so perfectly described in chapter 13. It follows then that the love He has blessed us with also motivates us to put the gift(s) we’ve been given into action. Therefore, the term “motivational” gifts. I might mention that the list of gifts in Romans is somewhat different from the list of gifts in 1st Corinthians, but that is a discussion for another day. However, the motivational gifts described in Romans are these:
As we continue our series in the coming weeks we will take a look at each one of these gifts and see if we can identify ways we can use them to minister to those around us. As we cover them, each of us will probably recognize the ones that we think have been given us and therefore serve as confirmation of how we are to proceed with them. Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of spiritual gifts. God has also gifted us with different talents that are also to be used for service to Him and others for His glory. So, I look forward to exploring the possibilities that are out there for each one of us.
I pray that each of you have a blessed week and take the time to minister to someone else in whatever way the Lord leads you. We should always be alert to an opportunity to share the good news of the gospel with the ones God places in our path.