You Are Equipped by Spiritual Gifts

striaftTALKlogo-styleRevelation 5:6 “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” (NKJ) The original Greek is just as clearly translated here “ the seven-fold Spirit of God,” which makes more sense because we know there is not seven different Spirits of God.

The seven eyes are significant in understanding God’s seven motivational grace gifts. There are seven different ways He leads people to focus and see the needs and ministry around them. And God wants us to team up together to fulfill His purposes. A sports team has positions that have a different focus for each player. This is the same idea.

We find the seven grace gifts in Romans 12:4-8. “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (NKJ)

Each believer has one of these gifts! No more than one, no less than one. The Spirit sees with His seven different eyes through His indwelling presence in Christians. One believer looks through the eyes of a prophet. Another through the filter of God’s servant heart. The next sees the world from the perspective of a teacher. And on we go through the other gifts until we have some believers who express God’s mercy as it pours from their soul.

For example, like a person wearing a pair of red glasses and seeing everything tainted red, a Christian who has the gift of leadership filters everything through this driving force from within. He wants to organize! He wants things orderly! Every gift has this type of motivation pressing through them.

But we need each other, so we must learn to trust and rely upon each other to fulfill the will of God. And we must learn from each other and mature by growing up in the other six areas of spiritual strength and ministry. For example, since I am a prophet, I only learned mercy by watching and copying a friend who was a strong mercy giver. You will appreciate and love other believers when you stop demanding they see the same things you see, or do things the same way you do them.

Much research and study has been done on motivational gifts with evidence of very consistent characteristics surrounding each gift. This article does not have the space to cover this. But, a hint to knowing your gift is found in your reaction to the following scenario.

A friend brings a tray full of drinks into your group meeting but trips and falls right in front of everyone. A mercy feels sorry for the person and wants to comfort them. The giver will offer to supply more drinks. The organizer jumps up and gives everyone a job in cleanup and recovery. The servants jump up to get the mop, bucket, and to pickup the mess. The exhorter encourages the poor soul, while the prophet wonders if he needed to be humbled because of unconfessed pride and desires to pray for him. The teacher looks to find truth in the situation or applies this new research and gives the poor soul a book the next day. Was the carpet the problem, or maybe he has a physical problem with his eyes? Obviously, I exaggerated to illustrate the various perspectives.

Once you know your spiritual grace gift, God wants you to be a good steward, which means get busy and become a good manager of your gift. He wants to love people through you. And to be at your most useful state, you need to know and rely upon your spiritual strengths, because the Holy Spirit is releasing His strength into you so that you can accomplish your ministry. That is why it is your spiritual gift.

This chart gives a few simple examples of the strongest ministry applications of each grace gift, and examples of how the Holy Spirit manifests Himself. A servant usually is not comfortable having to lead a group project or speaking to a group, but wants to help work with his hands on the project. An organizer does not want to be a member of a cleanup team, but he wants to organize them. A mercy does not want to fire or remove an unproductive worker, therefore would not be a good leader. God desires that you join a ministry so that He can love and serve others through you. This is His will for your life! Will you obey?

The Grace Gift Their Viewpoint of the Perfect Church The Spiritual Focus
Prophet/Preacher… A church that preaches and declares the Word of God without compromise by confronting sin! sin, repentance, prayer, and true change in people’s lives
Servant/Minister… A church that works hard at helping the the needy and being involved in the community. physical work such as cooking, cleaning, building, etc
Teacher/Tutor… A church that has in-depth Bible studies, classes, small group studies and has a school or education emphasis. the details of truth and organized education
Exhorter/Encourager… A church with a strong ministry of counseling, personal growth teaching, and encouraging “how to” sermons. spiritual growth and restoration of relationships
Leader/Organizer… A church that is well organized, careful plans, meeting goals, consistent, focused and stable. advancement of God’s Kingdom
Giver… A church that is loving through organized ministries of relief efforts, missions, and productive outreach activities. finding resources to advance God’s Kingdom
Mercy/Comforter… A church that is tenderhearted and does not hurt anyone’s feeling, very loving to everybody, and very friendly. the hurting and wounded

Even though the chart shows common ministry interests, any grace gifted Christian can do other ministry as God calls him to do so. For example the mercy giver who is led by God and his church leaders to take responsibility of a weekly prayer group can lead the group and see God answer in miraculous ways. Through their obedience to God’s sovereign will, they are blessed and the Father answers prayer by manifesting His power and heals a church member from a deadly disease. Remember God manifests His power as He chooses for His ultimate purposes through His obedient servants.

God will push you past your understanding to fulfill His will. You will need to have faith that God will give you more grace to accomplish His assignments for you and together as a body of believers you will glorify God in your city.

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