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Final Word on Motivational Gifts

Final Word on Motivational Gifts
“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans‬ ‭12:6-8‬ ‭
I believe that gifts are given to fill the gaps in our lives. No matter which of the seven motivational gifts you have, over time and with spiritual maturity you should develop some proficiency with each gift. For example, everyone is called to serve, give or show mercy, but the person with the gift of service will shine strong in the area of helping others. The giver will show extra faith and diligence in giving. In the same way, the mercy person will naturally pick up on the hurts of others.
Knowing someone’s motivational gift will help you understand them better. Each gift is needed and the body of Christ is strongest when we are all working together. If you were to put all of the gifts together like a puzzle, they would give you a picture of Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Daily Bible Commentary B Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Motivational Grace of Mercy: Romans 12:8d

The Motivational Grace of Mercy: Romans 12:8d
“8) or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans‬ ‭12:8‬d
John is a good example of this gifts. He was called the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was very tuned into relationships and was the only disciple to record the story of the women caught in adultery. He was sensitive to hurting people or abused people. He had lofts of mercy.
It should be noted that the persons with the motivations of prophecy and mercy often conflict with each other, but they really need each other. Let’s look at the strengths and weaknesses of this gift.
7. MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF MERCY: Romans 12:8d A. Example: John B. Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:15 C. Characteristic of the gift: 1) Deep loyalty to and defense of friends. (Luke 9:54) 2) Need for deep and affirming friendships. (John 21:7 &20) 3) Empathize with hurting people. 4) Tries not to hurt or offend people. 5) Attract people in distress or in crisis. 6) Measures acceptance by closeness. 7) Values the firmness of mature prophets.
D. Weaknesses inherent in gift. 1) Take up the offenses of someone being hurt. 2) Overlook faults to make things better for people. 3) Failure to be firm with people in pointing out sin. 4) Leaning on emotions rather than reason. 5) Becoming emotionally attached to those being counseled. 6) Bailing people out of facing consequences of sin. 7) Cutting off insensitive people who are to hard on others.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Motivations Of The Leader/Organizer: Romans 12:8c

Motivations Of The Leader/Organizer: Romans 12:8c
“8) or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans‬ ‭12:8‬
We now come to the organizers. They are great at juggling details and planning events. They are the brains behind most mobilizing and pulling together successful ministries or events. Without them all kinds of things fall through the cracks.
6. MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF ORGANIZING: Romans 12:8c A. Example: Nehemiah B. Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:14 C. Characteristics of this gift: 1) Able to visualize steps needed to complete task. (Neh. 2:7-8) 2) Need for loyalty in his team. (Neh. 5:1-13) 3) Ability to recruit others and delegate tasks. (Neh. 4:13) 4) Can withstand critics and opposition to the task. (Neh. 4:8-18) 5) Breaks the project down to many easy small jobs. (Neh. 3:1-32) 6) Decisive and alert to details. 7) Perseveres through to completion and clean up.
D. Weaknesses inherent in the gift: 1) Viewing people as resources to complete a task. 2) Showing favoritism to loyal people on the team. 3) Misusing delegation to avoid personal work. 4) Putting projects ahead of the value of people. 5) Overlooking workers faults or expressed needs. 6) Failure to clearly explain a process or give credit to others. 7) Forcing personal decisions or procedures on others.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Motivations Of The Giver: Romans 12:8

Motivations Of The Giver: Romans 12:8
“8) or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans‬ ‭12:8‬ ‭
We now come to the gift of giving. Though every Christian should see themselves as stewards and give tithes and offerings, the giver has extra faith to earn wealth and give in huge ways.
I know one buisness owner that gives over 50% of his income to the tune of millions of dollars a year. I know another business owner who supports the salary of 600 pastoring 3rd world countries. I know numerous Godly farmers who give abundantly to missions. They have a gift of giving and God has blessed their personal lives as well.
Let’s take a moment and look at the strengths and potential weaknesses of this grace gift.
MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF GIVING: Romans 12:8b A. Example: Matthew (Luke 5:27-29) B. Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:13 C. Characteristics of this gift: 1) Can easily see resources needed for the work. 2) Often invests self with the gift and has an ability to save, invest wisely, often successful in business and understands money management. 3)Desire to give high quality for lasting value. 4) Desires that the gift matches a special need. 5) Finds joy in giving secretly to worthwhile causes. 6) Exercises personal thriftiness and is fiscally conservative. 7) Uses giving approaches that motivate others to give.
D. Weaknesses inherent in gift: 1) Hoarding resources for self if he doesn’t believe in cause. 2) Using giving to control or manipulate others and watches financial reports very carefully. 3) sometimes feels guilty about personal success or assets. 4) Give to projects instead of people. 5) Reject pressure appeals for giving. 6) Neglect providing for own family to have more to give. 7) Can unintentionally cause people to look to them for supply rather than to God.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Motivations Of The Exhorter: Romans 12:8a

Motivations Of The Exhorter: Romans 12:8a
“8) or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans‬ ‭12:8‬
We now come to the forth motivational grace or gift listed in Romans 12. This is commonly called “exhortation.” Those wired with this motivational grace have a desire to see people grow and mature in their walk with God.
Paul himself serves as an example of this gift. He was constantly encouraging people to move to the next level. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 he even pictured himself as a nursing mother or an encouraging father in the way he sacrificed himself to care for the body of Christ. Let’s look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of those with this gift.
4. MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF EXHORTING: Romans 12:8a A. Example: Paul B. Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:12 C. Characteristics of this gift: 1) Committed to seeing people grow and mature. (Col. 1:28) 2) Quickly discern hindrances to growth. (I Cor. 3:1-7) 3) Develops step by step plans to help people grow. (II Tim 2:22-23) 4) Shares personal motivational stories to encourage hope. 5) Can easily turn problems into benefits. (II Cor. 1:1-7) 6) Gains wisdom and insight from personal experience. 7) Seek sincere relational connection with people. (I Thess. 2:7-12)
D. Weaknesses inherent in this gift: 1) Sacrifice family and loved ones to serve others. 2) Tendency to became a “fix it” person in the lives of others. 3) Become proud or take credit for the growth of others. 4) Tendency to start new project without finishing old ones. 5) Turning people into projects rather than sincerely loving. 6) Becoming overly transparent in sharing private stories. 7) Avoid solid doctrine in favor or practical application.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Motivations Of The Teacher: Romans 1:7c and 11

Motivations Of The Teacher: Romans 1:7c and 11
“6) Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;” Romans‬ ‭12:6-7‬
We now come to the third motivational grace or gift which is the teacher. Luke is a great example of this gift. In both Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1-4 we discover that he did his research, was very detailed and confirmed every fact.
The teacher is concerned about the truth. They are studious and will hold the speaker accountable for content. They may or may not be gifted at public speaking, but they will wrestle with the content. Let’s look at this important gift.
3. MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF TEACHING: Romans 12:7b A. Example: Luke B. Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:11 C. Characteristics of this gift. 1) Need validation of information. (Luke 1:4) 2) Check out background and credentials of teachers. (Luke 1:3) 3) Rely on established resources and teachers. (Acts 17:11) 4) Content presented in systematic and logical fashion. (Luke 1:3) 5) Take time to gather facts and research everything. (Acts 1:1) 6) Requires thoroughness in presenting details. 7) Tries to clarify misunderstandings.
D. Weaknesses inherent in this gift. 1) Potential to become proud of Knowledge. (I Cor. 8:1) 2) Despise people with less formal credentials. 3) Depending on human reasoning. (I Cor. 1:20-31) 4) So literal they miss Spirit filled principles. (I Cor. 2:6-16) 5) Conform Scripture to a personal theological bias. 6) Thinking logically to extreme or unbalanced conclusions. 7) Arguing over minor points or monopolizing discussions.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Motivations of the Gift of Helps: Romans 12:7a

Motivations of the Gift of Helps: Romans 12:7a
“6) Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7) if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching;” Romans‬ ‭12:6-7‬
We now come to the second motivational gift or grace. Paul calls it the gift of service. It is often referred to as the gift of helps. These are those faithful volunteers who faithfully serve in the background doing whatever is needed. They often see the needs before others and put their hands to the task.
I personally believe that Timothy had this motivational gift. We will discover in the scriptures below that he served Paul’s needs as a faithful son in the gospel. Let’s look at the strengths and weaknesses of these people.
2. MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF SERVING: Romans 12:7a A. Example: Timothy B.Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:10 C. Characteristics of this gift: 1) Quickly sees and meets the needs of others. (Phil 2:20) 2) Receives joy from freeing other to minister. (Phil 2:22) 3) Disregard of self in completing tasks for others. (Phil 2:30) 4) Over committed because can’t say “no”. 5)Alert to peoples likes and dislikes in buying gifts. 6) Needs approval and affirmation. 7) Enjoys short-range projects. D. Weaknesses inherent in this gift. 1) Sometimes the task becomes more important than people. 2) Neglect home front to serve others. 3) Sacrifice personal health for service. 4) Neglect God given priorities to volunteer. 5) React to others who can’t see obvious needs to tackle. 6) Resent lack of appreciation from others. 7) Frustrated with time limits.
Behind every effective pastor or leader are many people with the gift of helps. Truth be told, they carry the load of the ministry. Many of them seldom get the recognition they deserve in this life, but I have a suspicion they will be well known in heaven.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

The Motivations of the Prophecy Gift: Romans 12:6c

The Motivations of the Prophecy Gift: Romans 12:6c
“6) Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7) if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8) or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans‬ ‭12:6-8‬
As we look at each motivational gift, I am going to provide a simple outline for each gift. Hopefully this will copy well to each format. Sometimes the outline numbers do not transfer.
For each gift, I will provide a biblical example of someone who had that gift, give a guiding principle from the Romans 12 context that is especially crucial to the person with that character motivation, look at some characteristics of the gift and then look at some potential weaknesses inherent in the person with that gift.
1. MOTIVATIONAL GRACE OF PROPHECY: Romans 12:6 A. Example: Peter B. Guiding Scripture: Romans 12:9 C. Characteristics of this Gift: 1) Need to express themselves especially in matters where right and wrong are involved. (Acts 2:14; 3:12; 4:8) 2) Tend to make quick judgments on what they see and hear, and often speak before others. (Matt 14:28; 16:16; 16:22; 17:14) 3) Very discerning of anything deceptive or dishonest and often react harshly. (Acts 5:3-10) 4) Strong desire for justice but very harsh on those who sin or fall short. (Matthew 18:21-22) 5) Usually open about personal faults and failures. (Luke 5:8) 6) Loyalty to truth over relationships. (John 6:67-69) 7) Willing to suffer for the truth and doing right. (Acts 5:29-42) D. Weaknesses inherent in this gift: 1) Tendency to expose a sinful person without taking care to restore them to fellowship. (Gal. 6:1, Matt 18:21-22) 2) Draw conclusions with out all the facts. 3) Rebuke people without love and demand immediate repentance without much grace. 4) Can be extremely self critical and self-condemning. (Mark 16:7) 5) Can be impulsive and make quick decisions. (John 13:6-10) 6) Lack tactfulness and while being painfully direct with people. (Matthew 16:21-22) 7) See everything as right or wrong while dwelling on the negative in people and not letting go of their past.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Embracing Your Need For Others: Romans 12:3-5

Embracing Your Need For Others: Romans 12:3-5
“3) For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4) For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5) so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans‬ ‭12:3-5‬
It has been said that “no man is an island unto himself.” This is especially true within the body of Christ. God has allotted to each a measure of faith so that we are not complete without the rest of the body of Christ. We need one another.
The problem comes when we become deceived into thinking that we can do it alone. In verse three Paul says; “I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment…” Self reliance gives birth to numerous problems, pride being at the center.
We all need stones we cannot lift alone, burdens we cannot carry alone, problems we cannot solve alone and callings we cannot achieve alone. God wants us to come to the end of ourselves to the point of seeing the need and value of others. God in His love will send storms our way with sufficient force to expose our arrogance, pride and self-centeredness.
This might be why Paul had a thorn in his flesh. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) Many believe it was eye or seeing problems. (Galatians 4:12-15) Though God used him to write much of the New Testament, he was dependent on others to do the actual writing and assist him with many daily necessities. This really becomes clear in the little book of Philemon. It seems that Onesimus had become a significant helper for Paul.
The world today pushes a spirit of self reliance and independence. I have never seen more isolated and lonely people than today. The body of Christ is built on just the opposite. God wants us to be interdependent and thrive on teamwork.
Don’t bite Satan’s lie that you don’t need other people or the body of Christ. As the old song says, “One is the loneliest number of all.” You are not better than others, you are better with others!”
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

Two Basic Battles For Every Christian: Romans 12:1-2

Two Basic Battles For Every Christian: Romans 12:1-2
“1) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭
There are two basic battles in these verses that every Christian must fight and win. From verse one we have the battle for the body. This relates to morals and sexual purity. Your body matters to God!
Paul dealt in depth with the Corinthian believers on this issue. (See 1 Corinthians 6:9-20) He remained them that their body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and belonged to God and that they were not free to indulge in sexual immorality. You cannot walk in fellowship with God while crawling in bed with the worlds sexual values.
God wants to break every sexual bondage in your life and set you free to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) That means that God and the Bible and not the world or your lusts have to become the new definition of your morality. Period! There is no fudging on this point. Don’t let Satan try to fool you into trying to worship a holy God while embracing hellish moral values. Jesus made this massage abundantly clear to the Samaritan woman.
From verse two we have the battle for the mind. This relates to basic life philosophy and world view. Your mind matters to God! You can either be conformed to this world or you can be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Ephesians 4:22-24 emphasizes this same vital process. Inviting the Holy Spirit to renew your mind is the prerequisite for putting off the old self and putting on the new self.
You will never be able to discover, discern or do the will of God with a worldly mindset or secular moral value system. You will condemn yourself to a life of giving empty lip service to God while living in bondage and constantly wrestling with God. This is the recipe for failure and defeat in the cocoon of an empty religious facade.
There is no shortcut. You must invite God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to help you fight and win these two battles. Victory will involve total surrender to God in these two vital area’s of life. Every man and woman of God will face these two battles. The process of sanctification leads across these two battlefields.
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global