Just as there are 7 Primary Colors in the rainbow, if you put on a pair of colored sun-glasses,
you would see things around you tinted through that colored lens.
In the same way, each of the 7 Primary Motivational Gifts will color almost everything you see in life:
will look at life and see everything in terms of black and white.
looks for opportunities to help others.
will search out and explain the details.
will challenge or motivate.
will see ways to invest time, talents and resources to meet needs.
will see how to accomplish the vision.
will recognize areas that need healing and express comfort and love.
Ironically, each one may think: "Why don't others see things the way I see them? "
As stated in the SUMMARY,
you possess a measure of all seven of these MOTIVATIONAL gifts.
But in your character make-up, typically ONE motivation will stand out more dominantly
than the other six.
We refer to that gift as your PRIMARY motivation, because it is the primary motivating attribute that drives your unique character and behavior.
It is important to keep in mind that:
Your Primary MOTIVATION is evidenced
not so much by what you do,
but by WHY you do it.
Your primary motivational gift is typically the lens through which you see the world, scripture, God and your destiny.
It's how you are initially "wired", and as a result, it's the main influence in all that you do, and is tied directly to your purpose in life for which God made you.
But, this is a two edged sword, because if you are unaware of the strengths and weaknesses
of your primary gift (as well as the other six motivations),
you may easily mis-interpret your circumstances and relationships.
On one side, the closer a task is to to your motivational gifting, the more joy
you get out of it.
On the other side, you would feel depressed/restrained/choked if you could not operate (minister)
through your gift.
Just as commonly, a secondary motivation will stand out above the others, but not as dominant as your primary.
Learning your Primary and Secondary motivations,
is essential in getting a stronger handle on your character in how you act and re-act
But that is only the beginning, once you know what your motivational gift is, it is essential to learn
in the areas of all the 7 Ministry gifts.
You will be able to see, relate and work more effectively with others by understanding what motivates them while at the
same time developing those characteristics in yourself.
In a very practical sense, this is the doorway to a greater and more effective level of UNITY within a local body of believers.
Simply because we are truly pursuing the full nature of God and His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33) within each other.
Through that door we can walk into a place where we are more unified and more yielded to the Holy Spirit,
and therefore, we will see more of ALL 9 Manifestation gifts, on a more regular basis, in operation amidst the true assembly of the saints.
Let's now take a more detailed look at the 7 Motivational gifts:
Please note: that in the world (and in many Christian Seminars), personality traits are commonly categorized into four different types:
- Dominent, rigid, direct and to the point, task oriented.
- Influencing, flexible, people oriented.
- Submissive, stable, prganized, cautious, family oriented.
- Compliant, perfectionist, project oriented.
Of course, the world view is more popular than the Biblical view, and at first, they may even seem contradictory (whether it is seven or four types)
. But, a closer look will reveal, that the world view is observed from the outside-in, while the Biblical View is from the inside-out.
At the center of our Character is how God designed us with a unique combination of the 7 motivations. But the current expression of our character (our heart)
is commonly one of four states as Jesus described the four grounds of the parable of the seed and the sower (Mark 4:1-20
). A similar parralel can also be found in the four beasts that surround the throne of God in the book of Revelation (Revelation 4:7
The MOTIVATION of Prophecy
The terms prophecy and prophet are arguably the most highly esteemed and yet the LEAST UNDERSTOOD,
which makes it necessary to clarify this gift a little more than the other six.
Contrary to popular belief, Prophecy is
simply declaring the Word of the Lord.
It is not always about the future. (Although your future may be adversely affected if you don't take heed!)
Prophecy is unique in that it holds different roles within the different supernatural gifts, the Motivation and Ministry gifts of prophecy, as well as the office of the prophet. To avoid confusion, it is important to understand the differences:
The MOTIVATIONAL gift of Prophecy is NOT THE SAME as the MINISTRY gift of Prophecy, nor the MANIFESTATION gift of prophecy, nor the OFFICE of a Prophet.
So for instance, just because you have the supernatural gift of prophecy, it doesn't mean that you automatically hold the office of a Prophet (although it's possible for that combination)
. Neither does it mean that you automatically have the motivational gift of prophecy (although it's possible for that combination also).
Before we further examine the Motivational gift of Prophecy, let's first look at the distinction between the four basic types of Prophecy.
(Note: this is not an in depth study, just a few points to illustrate the differences):
The MOTIVATIONAL gift of Prophecy:
(more details about the positive and negative attributes of this motivation are listed after these four distinctions.)
The prophetic motivation is very sensitive to perceiving, identifying and promoting the will and the Word of God.
Someone with the MOTIVATION of Prophecy strongly desires to declare the Word of God, and to do so with direct clarity, so those who hear must choose between Heaven or Hell.
The MINISTRY gift of Prophecy:
In a general sense
, we are all called to be prophets to the nations
as Christ has commissioned all believers (to the Jew first then to the gentile - Romans 1:16
"For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged."
At times God may even use us for brief assignments in the office (see OFFICE below)
of a prophet to be God's voice to someone or to a people.
gift of prophecy is complementary to all other gifts, and should not be neglected nor confused.
We can all minister in prophecy as follows (not an exhaustive list)
The ministry of prophecy is devoted to and does not contradict not compromise the word of God (Living & Written).
The ministry of prophecy can be as simple as quoting scripture (in context) aloud. (which edifies all who hear ... even if you are alone.)
The ministry of prophecy holds the Holy Bible as the standard by which all revelation is held accountable.
Similar to the office of a prophet, we hear and deliver the Word of God Rhema
When God reveals understanding of His Word to you, His Spirit will touch others as you share His revelation.
In essence we are prophesying when we preach the Gospel as we are "preparing THE WAY of the LORD" ... for Him to enter the hearts of those who would receive Him.
The key to the ministry of prophecy is when He (the Holy Spirit), who is the Spirit of TRUTH, comes from YOUR HEART and out of your action (which may include words).
1 Peter 3:15
The MANIFESTATION gift of Prophecy:
As stated above in the 9 Manifestation gifts, this gift is a direct word from God.
It can also come from the combination of the gift of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.
This manifestation is, in essence, a current communication from God.
Those who possess this gift, also will usually have an uncanny ability to determine moral and ethical issues
as is typical of the motivational gift of prophecy.
This gifting may also remain with someone to the degree that the person may be associated or even called by God in the office of a prophet.
The person endowed with a constant conduit to this gift is Biblically referred to as a "SEER".
This will be further distinguished below (in OFFICE description).
of a Prophet:
Again, this is not a full list of what the office of a prophet does.
A study of the old and new testaments will reveal that prophets not only spoke, but took action some with and without the motivational gift of prophecy.
The bottom line is that God calls specific prophets for specific purposes to specific people, from a local body of believers to nations.
In other words, God chooses and uses the right man or woman for the job, and those are the ones who hold the position (or office) of a prophet.
Now that we have clarified the different types of Prophecy, let's now return to
the MOTIVATIONAL gift of Prophecy
by identifying both its proper uses (positive characteristics)
as well as its mis-uses (negative characteristics)
of the MOTIVATIONAL gift of Prophecy:
Someone with the MOTIVATIONAL gift of prophecy may exhibit these positive characteristics:
May be observed to be generally honest, straightforward and candid
May be observed to not like when people lie or tell falsehoods
May be observed to be very transparent and is often considered a "straight shooter"
May be observed to have a strong moral constitution, which is basis for high integrity, actions and authority
May be observed to see good or bad in most situations and easily distinguishes correct or incorrect behavior
May be observed to be very quick to voice concerns about breaches of integrity
May be observed to attempt to render justice and equity in all situations
May be observed to be very alert to dishonesty and has a tendency to react harshly
May be observed to easily perceive, recognize and distinguish between right and wrong.
takes to heart the need for light in the Body of Christ. Matthew 6:22-23
May be observed to have a strong distaste for wrong and a stronger hatred for evil
May be observed to enjoy getting involved as spokesperson or champion for ethically and morally correct causes
May be observed to have strong opinions and involvement in political and social causes (abortion, marriage, etc.)
May be observed to have a strong desire to correct injustice
May be observed to often stand up and fight for the rights of the underprivileged
NEGATIVE (Extreme) CHARACTERISTICS of the MOTIVATIONAL gift of Prophecy
Sometimes when the positive characteristics are not obvious,
it may be more revealing to see if a person exhibits these Negative characteristics or mis-uses of the MOTIVATIONAL gift of prophecy:
May be observed to have opinions on everything and can be outspoken, blunt and often speak their mind without regard or reservation
(Has difficulty beating around the bush).
May be observed that they often feel obligated to expose wrong; Often acts like the moral police.
May be observed to have a tendency to view moral and ethical issues as black or white with no shades of gray.
If the person is a non-Christian, they may be observed to view laws, governments or traditions as the standard, (instead of Scripture).
As a child, they may be observed to tattletale when someone did something wrong.
May be observed to think independently of others, and will not follow the crowd in making decisions.
May be observed to be difficult or impossible to influence, especially after their opinions have been established.
May be observed to arrive at their own conclusions in their own time.
May be observed to believe that people should not compromise.
May be observed to have a small circle of friends, often avoids assistance of others, and very cautious about letting people into their personal space.
May be observed to be loyal to the truth, even if it means cutting off relationships.
May be observed to view everything as either appropriate or inappropriate, true or false, right or wrong.
May be observed to have a critical nature: commonly judgmental of themselves and others.
May be observed to be "wired" to usually identify inappropriate behavior.
May be observed to not the best diplomat.
Because of the tendency to speak impulsively
they may speak judgments too quickly and regret later what they have said.
May be observed that he or she is convinced that they are always right.
May be observed to readily embrace the concepts of justice and the wrath of God.
May be observed to be very insistent that others correct their mistakes.
May be observed to be keenly aware of own faults, inadequacies, and weaknesses.
from the list above, identify one of your negative tendencies. Then in prayer release your control over that area and give it to Christ. Then the next time that negative trait tries to manifest itself, use it as a catalyst to yield to the Holy Spirit and seek the positive use of your motivation in ministering with the Holy Spirit.
Example: transform a critical (or condemning) opinion of someone, into an opposite encouraging word. If you hear the word "STINGY" , ask the Holy Spirit for a Kingdom Quality or better, a scripture like: "The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters, will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25) ".
CONTRASTING the Motivation of PROPHECY, with the other Gifts:
The following examples balance ourselves
by learning and exercising the other gifts of ministry!
Prophecy vs. SERVING:
Prophecy vs. TEACHING:
- The MOTIVATION of Prophecy looks at things typically in contrast (light vs. darkness)
whereas the MOTIVATION of Serving just wants to DO what is required to get the job done.
- If the person with a MOTIVATIONal gift of Prophecy were to serve in the MINISTRY of serving.
Example: He would set up chairs because he envisions people sitting in those chairs
and hearing the Word of God coming from either his mouth or another preacher,
to which the hearers would make a choice between Heaven and Hell.
- The person with the MOTIVATION of prophecy sees serving God as speaking the Word of God,
whereas the person with the MOTIVATION of serving sees serving God as using his hands and skills to serve others.
Prophecy vs. EXHORTATION:
- How would a person with the MOTIVATION of prophecy MINISTER in teaching ?
- Example 1: If he/she were Tutoring math, the MOTIVATION of PROPHECY would do so with the underlying context of what is the right way vs. the wrong way of solving the problem or with the emphasis of getting the Right Answer as being more important than developing the skill of problem solving.
- Example 2: If the MOTIVATION of PROPHECY were coaching sports, he/she would challenge a young athlete in terms of performance and outcome:
"Either Do or Do Not, Win or Lose ... there is no middle ground."
- Example 3: In his/her method of teaching or preaching, their MOTIVATION of PROPHECY may or may not give sufficient details for complete understanding,
because their objective is to get you to the point of decision.
- Example 4: When teching from the Bible, the person with MOTIVATION of PROPHECY will base their conclusions strictly on what the Bible says ...regardless if it makes logical sense to the natural or unschooled mind.
This is good if his conclusion is in context with the entire message of the Bible and especially with the Holy Spirit.
This is bad if his conclusion is otherwise, as in taking a scripture out of context and even twisting its meaning to promote their own point of view.
(Which is a big danger where many a pastor has fallen prey to a religious spirit,
and as a result they have preached bold messages that have lead people astray. Matthew 7:22-23
Another negative contrast is where the mis-use of the MOTIVATION of Prophecy may be observed
to often be very persuasive in dismissing other people's viewpoints. In contrast, the MOTIVATION of Teaching would be intrigued by the viewpoints of others and attempt to examine the necessary details to establish which facts of that viewpoint have any reasonable validity.
The motivation of Exhortation is centered around a desire to see someone move in the right direction.
Prophecy vs. GIVING:
- When someone with the Primary gift of the motivation of Prophecy, attempts to encourage or Exhort,
they will do so with the emphasis on making a decision (more than an emphasis on simply moving forward - closer to Christ).
A misuse of the motivation of Prophecy may be observed as uncompromising and forceful when attempting to get others to develop or move forward.
In addition, they may not easily recognize partial progress -- only successful completion.
Whereas the motivational gift of Exhortation would be very encouraging at every step of progress,
building their confidence by reminding how far they have already come
and then constructively urging them to keep moving towards the goal and ultimately successful completion.
- When the person with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of Prophecy evangelizes, they are satisfied when someone gets "saved", and they feel they've completed their mission with success.
Whereas the MOTIVATION of Exhortation, sees salvation as only the starting point,
and is now excited to see that person now move to the next step of discipleship.
- If someone was oppressed with a demon, the person with the primary motivation of Prophecy would want to pray that demon off that person right now.
Whereas the proper exhortation would be to guide the person in how they could, themselves, use their authority in Christ to properly command the demon to leave and not return.
(Note: Recall from STEP
that the person must first find and identify what stronghold had allowed the demon to access to them,
then assist them in bringing the stronghold down at the foot of the Cross, through confession and repentance,
then confidently commanding the demon to leave because it now has no right to remain).
see STRONGHOLDS 2
Prophecy vs. ADMINISTRATION:
- When confronted with a poor person,
A person with the Primary motivation of Prophecy would want to pray off the spirit of poverty on that person,
whereas the person with the primary motivation of Giving would want to help that poor person get a job so they could sustain themselves. A giver is not an enabler, but seeks to supply the true needs, and would not hesitate to give where there is true need.
- The motivation of Prophecy prefers to give in faith, The motivation of Giving prefers to give in faithfulness.
- The MOTIVATION of Giving sees money as a resource that needs to be properly stewarded (faithfully in the sight of God).
The motivation of Prophecy sees money as an opportunity to exercise (a step of) faith (to God).
Prophecy vs. MERCY:
- A person with the Primary motivation of Administration will wait to make plans first before moving ahead.
A person with the Primary motivation of Prophecy may take the lead and charge ahead, before the plans have been properly established.
(Indeed, either way may work if the person is dependent and listening to the Holy Spirit, but this scenario demonstrates the difference in motivations).
Both motivations of Prophecy and Administration may be observed to want things done right,
but the difference is that the motivation of Administration seeks the efficient accomplishment of a coordinated effort,
while the motivation of Prophecy desires to see wrong defeated and eliminated,
- A person with the motivation of Prophecy commonly sees leading as being in the front with everyone following behind.
A person with the motivation of Administration desires to see everyone in proper formation as in an army.
Similar to an army general, the administrator may not even be present in the battle, but orchestrates the logistics as well as the outcome from a higher viewpoint. For instance, they may place the most skilled in faith (and praise), at the front to pierce the enemy front lines, while those who can minster to the wounded may trail at the end with a rear guard.
They may place a small battalion to the right and left flanks to cover side attacks and finally harbor those who carry the heart of the Gospel at the center to minster all that surround them.
- A person with the motivation of Prophecy is only concerned with winning or loosing whereas the person whose primary motivational gift is Administration, is more concerned with organization, and the aftermath of cleanup and maintainenance after the victory as well as preparing for the next campaign.
- A person with the primary motivation of Prophecy may have difficulty exhibiting and appreciating the concept of mercy, because of their view that things like emotions must take a back seat to making a decision between two obvious choices.
The MIS-USE of the motivation of Prophecy may be observed where they rarely feel wrong because of their high sensitivity to right and wrong, they've made themselves the judge.
Another negative or mis-use of the motivation of Prophecy may be that they become very unforgiving and even harbor bitterness, whereas the motivation of mercy would tend to be more forgiving even when the offense is clearly against them.
Another negative contrast may be observed as a mis-use of the motivation of Prophecy, ironically, may have problems with poor self image, and sometimes feels unworthy,
while the motivation of mercy may be almost unaware by their lack of performance, and therefore are able to simply and boldly come to the Throne of Grace
- A new believer with the primary motivation of Prophecy may view and understand praise and worship as necessary from its strategic spiritual objective in Spiritual warfare,
whereas the person with primary motivation of Mercy can't wait to sing their heart out in their desire for God, as they so desperately desire His presence.
- In helping someone, a person with the primary motivation of Prophecy, in fact, may deliver the Gospel a little too boldly (even harshly at times)
without regards for the feelings of the hearer, who is unable to receive the message because of a debilitating condition (emotional or physical).
Whereas the person with the primary motivational gift of Mercy may seek to help a person become emotionally stable first
before coming to a place of decision towards God.
In a similar circumstance, it may be an advantage for the prophetic motivation to boldly deliver the Gospel to someone who is hurting, yet actually needs to receive a strong and direct message because of their willing, but compromised state of mind.
- These two gifts are almost polar opposites and ironically it is not uncommon for someone with the primary motivational gift of Prophecy
to marry someone with the primary motivational gift of Mercy (opposite attraction).
If they do so from a carnal nature, then the negative (mis-uses) of their motivations may cause great conflict. But if both are in Christ, as they walk closer to the Holy Spirit, they become closer to each other (as marriage is designed).
The Grace of God then moves through their motivations to temper and compliment one another to where they become much more mature and effective, both as a team and individually.
Example 5: In an organization, the motivation of Prophecy may be more unforgiving and strict on rules, to which the motivation of Mercy
may either be dominated, or oppositely, may become more careless and pre-occupied in temporary and immediate circumstances that make them feel better.
- It is interesting that Proverbs 3 instructs us to bind Mercy and Truth around our neck and bind them upon the table of our hearts Proverbs 3:3
The motivation of Mercy has compassion and cares about the life and feelings of a individual while the Motivation of Prophecy cares about the TRUTH that will make that individual free.
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES (New Testament)
of the MOTIVATION of PROPHECY:
There are many examples in the Bible of those who walked in the Office of a Prophet AND also had the MOTIVATION of prophecy.
Moses, King David, Jehu, Daniel and his companions, and others all reveal their submission to authority,
yet at the same time, their resolution to not compromise the Word of God, but to proclaim it, even at the risk of their lives.
John the Baptist walked in the Office of a Prophet Preparing the way of the Lord.
We see he also had the Motivational gift of Prophecy as he was quite clear in his denunciation of the Pharisees
After he was imprisoned, he asked his disciples to confirm if Jesus was the Messiah
This shows the Motivational gift of Prophecy in John as he submitted to higher authority, both of the Romans and of God.
John also submitted to Jesus, when He asked him to baptize Him.
Agabus operated in the Office and the MANIFESTATION gift of Prophecy
and also because of his MOTIVATIONAL gift of Prophecy, he declared boldly (without delaying or mincing words):
The MOTIVATION of Serving/Helping
This motivation is arguably the greatest among the gifts and at the same time the most overlooked in its potential to transform a church.
Commonly we find that a person who has the Motivational gift of SERVING, is relegated with the job of
putting away the chairs or cleaning the bathrooms or doing the labor that no one else really wants to do.
But WE FAIL to tap into a much greater level of unity and growth BY KEEPING THEM THERE.
Instead, we could be learning from them and working with the persons whom God has given this gift.
)This holds true not only in the Gift of Serving, but also in the other Gifts).
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES (New Testament)
of the MOTIVATION of SERVING:
Someone with the Primary MOTIVATION
of SERVING will be someone who likes to DO things. They are typically action based people.
The person with the MOTIVATION of SERVING may be shy in word but they are bold in DEEDS.
"The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much."
The person with the MOTIVATION of SERVING is happiest in performing the practical needs of others - especially when they know it is in the service of God.
If they are at a party they would start to feel very uncomfortable if they were just sitting or standing around,
but are much happier if they are HELPING the host.
They will even seek-out where there is a need for help, and don't mind to even go out of their way to do something for someone who is in need.
The person with the MOTIVATION of SERVING usually has a keen ability to sense what people need and receives joy from assisting someone before they even know they need help.
The person with the MOTIVATION of SERVING loves to be around people and typically have a high energy level to do activities.
The person with the MOTIVATION of SERVING prefers doing multiple tasks simultaneously and short-range projects to meet immediate needs.
They are typically (but not always) very humble people, and prefer action than talking.
The person with the MOTIVATION of SERVING are commonly very loyal.
They typically work well with others, especially in a team, but prefer not to be the team leader.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING can be observed when a person with this gift feels that there's too much planning and no action ...
and therefore begins to take action on their own... commonly out of the will of God.
Because they like to do the best that can be done and finish with excellence,
the mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may even become fierce in a competitive environment
to the point of (intentionally or unintentionally) hurting others, to get ahead.
Decision making comes easily and quickly to those with the Primary Motivation of SERVING. Peter was always the fastest to action John 18:10
But they may fall down on lack of organization. A danger for the MOTIVATION of SERVING is that their emphasis on action oversimplifies the problem. For example: building a storage shed without first making a proper foundation.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may cause them to either be a perfectionist at what they do,
OR become sloppy at their work because they are trying to get the job done too fast and therefore omit necessary details.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may take on more tasks than they can handle and become so overloaded ("Work-o-holics"), that they quickly get worn down.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may have them trying to do everything themselves, rather than being a team player or delegating when necessary.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may give unrequested help because it is something that can be done right now, even if there are more important things to do.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may get upset by others who don't seem to be working as hard, in comparison.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may take on a slave mentality and give more honor than is due to the person they are SERVING, or oppositely, fell they should be given more honor because they were the on doing most of the work.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may take a take the first labor job that comes along,
rather than searching the job market a little longer for better options.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may quickly run into discouragement if things take longer than expected to get done,
or if things need to be re-done because their initial measurements were off and now the project they were building wont work.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of SERVING may lead to discouragement if they are not appreciated or don't receive approval.
This can be a real danger if approval is desired of men more than God.
The Motivation of SERVING in CONTRAST with the other Gifts:
In the Kingdom of Heaven, the ministry of serving is given one of the highest of honor
as Jesus himself came first as a suffering servant.
Those who have this motivation should not be neglected nor wasted in assignments of custodial nature.
We need to cherish and learn from them. Take care to study and recognize and appreciate this gift.
It is a vital part of the nature of God that many have overlooked.
While the Motivation of Prophecy looks at things typically in contrast (light vs. darkness), The Motivation of SERVING just wants to DO what is required to get the job done. They are hands on people.
Their inner desire is to obey and serve the Lord.
They are most fulfilled when what they are doing with their hands is used in direct service to the Lord.
This person with the Primary Motivation of SERVING would minister in Prophecy, but be motivated by SERVING.
Example 6: If asked to set up chairs, he or she would do so simply because they love SERVing the Lord by HELPing others.
If asked to minister in prophecy, he or she would rather preach through actions, but if words were necessary,
they would present the choice between Heaven and Hell ... from the perspective of serving or "DOing" the right thing,
and how it would not only "help" themselves, but others also.
PROPHECY might say: "How can we serve the Lord if we don't Trust Him with our hearts?"
SERVING might say: "How can we serve the Lord, if we don't Trust Him with our hearts AND especially our actions?"
- The person with the Primary Motivation of TEACHING loves to research and communicate the truth of God's Word.
In contrast, the person with the Primary Motivation of SERVING would rather show you rather than tell you,
but if they were teach in a class room, they are happy to distribute necessities to everyone (like pens, pencils, paper, books, etc)
and they are more comfortable if the curriculum involves activities.
The Motivation of TEACHING loves to Speak more than Do, Motivation of Serving loves to Do, and would be happier to have object lessons that illustrate the lesson than to lecture.
TEACHING might say: "How can we serve the Lord if we don't understand what needs to be done?"
SERVING might say: "Even if we understand, How can we serve the Lord, if we don't simply follow Him with our actions?"
The person with the Motivational Gift of EXORTATION loves to encourage others to live a victorious Christian life by moving through steps of progress,
and the person with the Motivational Gift of SERVING will say: "Yes, that's sounds great, tell me what I have to DO." In turn, this is very encouraging for the Exorter, because the Server is ready, willing and wanting to actually move to the next step.
- People with the Motivational Gift of Serving can be great Exhorters because they like to lead by example.
Since they are not much for talking, they simply say something like: "Do it like this, see?"
...and then they would show them, and typically have an expectancy for the other to do the same also.
EXHORTATION might say: "This is where we are, and here is where we need to go. Are you ready to take the next step?"
SERVING might say: "Amen, brother, Let's Do it!"
- The Motivational Gift of GIVING loves to give the resources of physical materials, utilities, finances etc. to support others that are advancing the gospel and the kingdom of Heaven on Earth. In contrast, the Motivational Gift of SERVING is more focused on providing the services necessary to forward the Kingdom of God.
- Example in a classroom, GIVING will make sure the supply cabinet is properly filled with the necessary materials, while SERVING will carry out distributing the materials to those in the class, and make sure things are put back properly before they leave.
GIVING might say: "How can we serve the Lord if we don't have the resources?"
SERVING might say: "Even if we have the resource, How can we serve the Lord, if nobody does anything?"
- The Motivational Gift of ADMINISTRATION loves to co-ordinate, facilitate, organize or lead others in Christian work.
The Motivational Gift of SERVING gladly lets someone else do the leading and figuring out the over-all plan, so they get busy just doing it.
ADMINISTRATION likes to prepare in order to accomplish a goal or mission.
SERVING is ready, willing and able to receive instructions and take them to task.
ADMINISTRATION might say: "How can we serve the Lord if we don't have a plan?"
SERVING might say: "Even if we have a plan (and the resources), How can we serve the Lord, if nobody does anything?"
- The person with the Motivational Gift of MERCY loves to show compassion, care and love to those in need,
But, the person with the Motivational Gift of SERVING is more concerned with actions of care than with the feelings of compassion.
This is not to say that SERVING wont have compassion,
it just that their focus is on what they can do for someone
more than just taking the time to sit with a person who has emotional needs and listening and spending time just being next to them as the Motivation of Mercy would.
MERCY might say: "How can we serve the Lord without Love?"
SERVING might say: "How can we Love, without showing it through our actions?"
The MOTIVATION of Teaching
Someone with the Primary MOTIVATION of Teaching loves to research and communicate the truth of God's Word.
They see themselves as always learners because the facts and logic of God's Word is of utmost importance to them.
a study of the number seven throughout the Bible would reveal many amazing correlations about the perfect nature of God
and How He reveals Himself and His Kingdom to us and through us as we yield our lives to Him.
Those who have the Primary Motivational Gift of Teaching, will find the study of those correlations highly interesting.
In fact, they would consider this to be important enough to document their research and then share or teach it to others.
Others may not find this as fulfilling.
The accuracy and detail of facts (especially in scripture)
are important to someone with this gifting.
It is the way they best see the gospel being revealed, because the balance of the other gifts
would truly be off-center without diligence to the accuracy of God's Word.
Teachers like to present their material systematically, in the form of points that follow in logical order, rather than simply relate a story.
For example, Luke explained, "I thought it would be good to write an orderly account for you." Luke 1:3b.
It is important to note that just because a person has a Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of teaching, it does not imply that their teaching is always correct, it's just that their passion/motivation is to express what they have found.
Apollos was a good teacher but was also mistaken about Jesus because there was some facts that Priscilla and Aquilla had to explain to him. But after he Received correction, he had an even stronger and more accurate foundation to work from.
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES (New Testament)
of the MOTIVATION of TEACHING:
Thomas (the apostle) had the deepest doubts, and had to have factual proof - which Jesus gave him (and us through the testimony of Thomas).
Apollos, Acts 18:24-28 1 Corinthians 3:4-6
Luke, (Gospel of Luke and Acts) Both are very detailed accounts,
Luke wrote his gospel with a concern for the full truth to be made known
God has anointed People with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift TEACHING to manage and disseminate information.
People with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift TEACHING usually enjoy learning and reading non-fiction.
People with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift TEACHING usually develop a love for the use of
words. They are fond of learning new words and their meanings. Consequently, they easily develop a larger vocabulary than most.
People with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift TEACHING are usually great readers and researchers.
In addition, when they hear important statements, they will seek to verify its accuracy.
People with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift TEACHING love to give information and tend to present information in a systematic, organized format.
People with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift TEACHING are usually self-disciplined and enjoy complex problem solving.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of TEACHING may be slow to allow the viewpoints of others.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of TEACHING may come across as 'know it alls' and enter into argumentation and even division because those who oppose them may need more grace to release their point of view if in error (and visa versa).
A major danger for the MOTIVATION of TEACHING is intellectualism, which is the reliance on human reason rather than the revelation of God. This also can cause their inhibition to walk in faith, when the facts aren't clear.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of TEACHING will prefer teaching believers rather than engaging in evangelism. Or if giving an evangelistic message, they would exprect the facts to speak for themselves, and not feel the need for an altar call.
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of TEACHING commonly sees factual truth as the intrinsic power to produce change in people or situations ... rather than the Living Truth (Jesus Christ) which the factual truth is pointing to.
SIDENOTE: We've been too long in the classroom...
The MOTIVATION of TEACHING in CONTRAST with the other Gifts:
Here is the challenge: We must learn to WORKING ACTION WITH each other inside the safe classroom so that we can safely work with each other outside the walls where we gather. We can and must seek the Kingdom of God at a much more active level. We can do this by first seeking these motivational gifts within (AND WITH) each other. And rather than trying to label each other (as we have in the past), we must seek the unique signature of God within each other as means of beginning a tangible way to encourage and build the Kingdom of God through us all.
If we first learn to DRAW OUT the kingdom within ourselves, we will be more ready and able to draw others towards the Kingdom of God ... that is truly as tangiable on Earth as it is in Heaven.
- Example 8: When Preaching, the MOTIVATION of PROPHECY would strive that we MUST CHOOSE between Heaven and Hell.
Whereas, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would strive to give facts and details so the learner could UNDERSTAND why they must choose between Heaven and Hell.
- Example 9: As the leader of a home Bible study, the MOTIVATION of a TEACHING would emphasize study and helping people to understand the true message and avoid
misunderstandings, whereas the MOTIVATION of PROPHECY would encourage people to be honest before God and others in the group to the point of conviction of any wrong beliefs.
- Similar to Example 8: When Preaching, the Motivation of SERVING would strive that we must serve Christ in all that we DO,
and that we must fulfill the commission of our Lord to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ ... and if necessary, use words.
Whereas, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would strive that we must serve God by explaining to others and helping them to understand the message of the Gospel.
Similar to Example 9: As the leader of a home Bible study, the MOTIVATION of a SERVING would lead with the priority of caring for the practical needs of the group and doing things together, and focus the lesson from that viewpoint. This is not a wrong or bad thing. Indeed, Jesus came as Messiah, the servant of all.
Unlike the MOTIVATION of TEACHING, the MOTIVATION of SERVING may leave out a good many details in the lesson, but they will drive home an emphasis that is not to be overlooked.
Note that even from these few examples, you can see how we can benefit tremendously, from the viewpoints of ALL 7 motivations! There are yet great treasures that lay in wait for us as the Body of Christ, when we begin to tap into this marvelous way of ASSEMBLING the saints! Psalm 12:6
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of Exhortation are often found to be better teachers
because they present the details from a practical perspective, rather than those with the Primary Motivational Gift of TEACHING who present the details
in a more theoretical context. But where EXHORTATION may omit many details, TEACHING will be sure to maintain factual accuracy.
Similar to Example 8: When Preaching, the MOTIVATION of EXHORTATION would strive that we must WALK the steps of Salvation and Discipleship.
Whereas, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would strive that we must KNOW the steps of Salvation and Discipleship.
Similar to Example 9: As the leader of a home Bible study, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would be concerned with informational details about God's message.
In contrast, the MOTVIATION of EXHORTATION would be more interested in the group growing spiritually through the steps implied in God's message. They would also see how it could be applied to reaching out to non-Christians and helping them to take steps to be closer to Jesus.
- Similar to Example 8: When Preaching, the MOTIVATION of GIVING would strive that God GAVE the greatest gift, but the only ones that will receive that gift are those that appreciate it's value.
Whereas, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would strive that we must KNOW the details of WHAT GOD has given us in through the suffering,
taking on our sins on the Cross, dying and triumphantly resurrecting His Son Yahashua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ)
so that we might be restored in our relationship with Him and have everlasting Life.
- Similar to Example 9: As the leader of a home Bible study, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would be concerned with informational details about God's message.
In contrast, the MOTVIATION of GIVING would look for how the message identifies what the needs and resources are and relate that to current circumstances.
- Similar to Example 8: When Preaching, the MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION would strive HOW the Gospel works within us AS the BODY of Christ... on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Whereas, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would strive to give a multi-point view of What the Gospel accomplishes in terms of Salvation, Redemption and Right Standing in our Lost, Loving and Legal Relationship with God.
- Similar to Example 9: As the leader of a home Bible study, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would be concerned with informational details about God's message.
In contrast, the MOTVIATION of ADMINISTRATION will structure the meeting so that the goals of the group are achieved
and within the time allotted as best as possible. The lesson they would teach from scripture would be focused on the overall result which God was had laid out to be accomplished through the various co-ordinated people, resources and events.
- the MOTIVATION of TEACHING may look at life with a certain detachment, where facts are more important than feelings.
In contrast, the MOTIVATION of MERCY will see life in terms of feeling more than facts.
Similar to Example 8: When Preaching, the MOTIVATION of MERCY would focus on the Love of God, and of course, His Mercy to us who have gone astray (as sinners).
Whereas, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would focus on the facts that our sins, both small and great, have separated us from God, and how God (through His Mercy),
had to sacrifice His Life to redeem ours in order to pardon us from the penalty of eternal death.
Similar to Example 9: As the leader of a home Bible study, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING would be concerned with informational details about God's message.
In contrast, the MOTVIATION of MERCY aims to produce harmony and build up each person's love for God and each other.
The lesson they would teach would be likewise focused.
The MOTIVATION of Exhortation
Exhortation comes from the Greek word 'parakaleo' to invite, exhort, encourage, challenge, appeal, implore, or comfort.
Someone with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION loves to bring others to Christ and to encourage them to live a victorious Christian life.
bring comfort, direction and encouragement, and to make appeals for a commitment to the Lord and walking towards Him.
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES (New Testament)
of the MOTIVATION of EXHORTATION:
Barnabas wasn't an up front person but he was recognized as an encourager. Acts 4:36-37 Acts 11:22-26
Barnabas in his more gentle way was also able to lead many people to the Lord. Acts 11:24
Barnabas could see the potential in Paul. Acts 11:25-26
The disagreement between Paul and Barnabas was over Barnabas's willingness to give Mark another go. Acts 15:36-41
God created those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION to help people live up to their full potential by endowing them with a keen ability to encourage and build people up.
God created those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION with the desire to make the lives of others more effective and successful.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION generally accept others easily without judging them.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION do not like strained relationships,
and they will go to the other person to find out what is wrong, and to bridge the gap.
As they mature in Christ, they learn how God gives special grace during trials. 1 Peter 1:6
The primary MOTIVATION gift of EXHORTATION will challenge you to do better and grow closer to Christ.
Because of their focus on growth, those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION
are more quick than others discern a person's spiritual maturity.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION have a clear aim to help others to live up to their full potential.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION are able to see the potential in others,
and encourage them to achieve it.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION are willing to get alongside those with difficulties.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION are prone to being transparent
and may openly share about their own life in order to encourage others, and love to use
personal illustrations in conversation and preaching.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION have a passion for giving people a vision of where they are going and how to get there.
The more they develop their skills in communicating this, the more it generates enthusiasm in those who have an ear to hear.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION will find their aim in teaching is ultimately for a greater commitment to the Lord, more
holiness, and personal growth, in order to be ready to meet the Lord. 2 Peter 1:10-11
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION have joy in being an instrument to
help others become Christians, be filled with the Spirit, and to live victoriously.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION tend to be talkative, outspoken people, and will not take long to find themselves interacting with an audience.
The primary MOTIVATION of EXHORTATION uses humor well, especially to relax and warm-up and even brighten others from an otherwise complacent or dismal attitude.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION have positive attitudes and are usually non-judgemental.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION are commonly dynamic and interesting speakers.
They can be most convincing, and have the ability to sway a listener or an audience to their point of view.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION like to practically apply information and they are usually considered how-to-people.
The Motivation of EXHORTATION in CONTRAST with the other Gifts:
A mis-use of the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION, may be observed to not be a good listener,
because they view emotions as not being as important as taking steps of improvement.
A mis-use of the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION is that they may use criticism
or be more forceful than necessary in getting you to move, especially in a competitive environment.
Even though their intention is good their technique may entirely back-fire,
and the person whom they are trying to encourage may, instead, become discouraged.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION need to be careful to not get discouraged about other's seeming lack of enthusiasm.
A mis-use of the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of Exhortation may be observed as unbridled tongue,
as they always have something to say, and therefore, they may say the wrong thing at the wrong time,
or they may even say the right thing at the wrong time, instead of waiting to speak in tune with the Holy Spirit.
- Example 10: When counseling, the person with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION would encourage the one whom they are counseling
to make a step towards the destiny that God has put inside them.
In contrast, the person with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of PROPHECY would attempt to
identify what is right and wrong and bring the other to a place of decision, hopefully to choose what is right.
Similar to Example 8: When Preaching, the Motivation of PROPHECY would strive that we MUST CHOOSE between Heaven and Hell.
Whereas, the Motivation of EXHORTATION would strive to step out in faith to "taste and see that the Lord is Good" Psalm 34:8
Both Persons with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of either EXHORTATION or SERVING don't stop too long to think,
but see quickly the things that need to be done, and put them into action. When they encourage others, they encourage them to action.
The difference is that EXHORTATION is more focused on growth, while SERVING is focused on the task at hand.
Similar to Example 10: When counseling, the person with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of SERVING
would attempt to find a single need to be taken care of to solve the problem.
In contrast, the person with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of EXHORTATION might encourage the counselee
to do at least one positive thing (like seeking the Lord in worship) while also pursuing the root issue of their problem, and any strongholds that may exist, in preparation of the next step, which is to take it to the cross to obtain true freedom.
Similar to Example 8: When Preaching, the Motivation of SERVING would strive that we must serve one another as Christ served us.
Whereas, the Motivation of EXHORTATION would strive seek first the Kingdom of God - and to start by taking one action step towards Christ.
The Motivation of EXHORTATION is more interested in application while the Motivation of TEACHING is interested in theory.
Both Persons with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL gift of either EXHORTATION or SERVING prefer listening to sermons and reading Christian books.
The difference is TEACHING seeks understanding through accuracy and detail,
while EXHORTATION seeks content that applies Christian principles to everyday life.
The Motivation of TEACHING is concerned for the truth of the Word of God and appeals to its truth when presenting it.
Whereas the Motivation of EXHORTATION is concerned with the Truth of God's word being a lamp unto your feet that is leading you in the next step in the path of righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit
As a reminder, these contrasts do not promote that one gift is better than another.
The contrasts are useful only in helping to identify the differences, and see the need to work together
with these gifts and in tune with the Holy Spirit.
- The Motivation of GIVING will seek to make sure that someone has the necessary resources to grow in Christ
(such as a Bible, pencil, paper, etc. to study and pray in God's Word),
while the Motivation of EXHORTATION will seek to make sure that someone is taking the necessary steps of faith to grow in Christ.
- Example 1: In solving a math problem, The MOTIVATION of GIVING would be tempted to just give the student the answer so they could see the result,
while the MOTIVATION of EXHORTATION would attempt to re-state the math problem from a different perspective,
but be adamant that the student works through the problem.
The Motivation of ADMINISTRATION looks at and seeks to facilitate from a broader picture,
whereas the Motivation of EXHORTATION looks at getting the part of the picture moving.
Both perspectives and efforts are needed, one not being more important than the other,
but, instead, are more powerful when working together.
The Motivation of ADMINISTRATION will seek to make sure that someone not only has the necessary resources (i.e. time in their schedule) to grow in Christ,
but also is placed under the right mentor and will check their progress so that to see what capacity of service they may potentially be placed in.
while the Motivation of EXHORTATION will seek to make sure that someone is taking the necessary steps of faith to grow in Christ.
As in Example 1: When tutoring math, the Motivational Gift of MERCY would say: "You're alright, you're doing fine, I'm right here with you."
The Motivational Gift of EXHORTATION would say: "You're alright, you can do this, Just focus on getting through this step right now."
Both the Motivations of MERCY and EXHORTATION will have compassion for the where someone is in the condition of their soul.
The difference is that the Motivation of MERCY has a focus of comforting the soul,
while the Motivation of EXHORTATION has the focus of Encouraging the soul.
Indeed, this is another awesome blend of just two of these motivational gifts,
where those who own or minister in them and are yielded to the Holy Spirit
can greatly have a powerful result in restoring and lifting up one
who is having difficulty moving to a higher level of growth in their spiritual walk, or who has fallen
The MOTIVATION of Giving
Of all the seven motivational gifts this is the one who is least likely to identify what their own gift is.
But, the clues are in the way that givers give which helps us to see their motivational gift:
Particularly more introverted givers are very reluctant for others to know of their giving,
and are likely to want to live a simple lifestyle.
Extroverted givers want to enjoy the good life, and of course share it with others, can be the most spontaneous of all people.
The MOTIVATION of GIVING can being free and impulsive, giving a lot to life, and expecting to receive a lot from life.
The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.
Someone with the MOTIVATION of GIVING loves to give resources, physical materials, food, medicine, clothes, cars, offices, utilities, finances, etc. to support others in the advance of the Gospel.
They find a special ability to contribute their own material resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness.
While those with this primary motivation, give regularly, generously and cheerfully to those in need,
they are reluctant to give frivolously to those who always want more without thought to giving back
or being responsible with what is given them. This Motivation is frugal not to waste
but careful to see that those resources are spent and used where needed and that it glorifies God.
The MOTIVATION of GIVING sees their blessing comming from the Lord and loves to be personally involved in the giving rather than give to a budget.
The MOTIVATION of GIVING desires to give to people more than projects.
The MOTIVATION of GIVING resists appeals to give, but receives guidance from the Holy Spirit more often than others about who or how they should give.
Those with this Primary Motivational gift make very good treasurers.
Matthew and Zacchaeus were both tax collectors before the Lord called them into higher service.
As each Motivational gift stems from the heart of God, the Motivation of Giving
is the part of His nature we recognize the most,... as He GAVE His very Life for us (John 3:16).
Those who have the Primary MOTIVATIONAL GIFT of GIVING are able to see the blessing that comes from giving and desire others to share in that blessing.
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES (New Testament)
of the MOTIVATION of GIVING:
Because they see it as giving of themselves to the Lord, those with the Primary MOTIVATION gift of GIVING,
give the best they are able to give. They see themselves as vehicles for the Lord to use for
the distribution of his resources, for they are convinced everything belongs to him.
Example: Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
Those with the MOTIVATION of GIVING are very aware of blessings they receive.
Examples: Mary of Bethany was open to sit at the feet of Jesus and to learn from him.
The poor widow was noted by Jesus for giving more than those who were richMark 12:41-44
Dorcas was noted as being charitable.
Cornelius was kind and made friends easily because of his ability to give of himself
The MOTIVATION of GIVING has the desire to mobilize resources for the aid and benefit of others.
Those with the MOTIVATION of GIVING tend to be sensitive to the unmet needs of others.
Those with the MOTIVATION of GIVING tend to be excellent negotiators with a natural aptitude for business.
Those with the MOTIVATION of GIVING enjoy entertaining and manage their finances wisely.
Example: Lydia Acts 16:14Acts 16:40
The Motivation of GIVING in CONTRAST with the other Gifts:
When mis-used (in the flesh) the MOTIVATION of GIVING may be generous to a fault,
giving more to friends and regretting not having enough to give to those in true need.
Because some with the MOTVIATIONAL gift of GIVING may tend to be impulsive concerning immediate needs,
they may not be very good organizers and planners, because their compassion is in terms of the present situation more than future needs.
(This will be more evidenced when their secondary Motivational gift is Mercy).
The mis-use of the MOTIVATION of GIVING may like to save everything but not be organized.
When mis-used (in the flesh) the MOTIVATION of GIVING may become stingy,
like the example of Ebenezer Scrooge from the Famous fictional tale: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.
The spirit of Poverty easily gains access to someone who misunderstands this gift. One small trait is similar to the old saying of being "Penny-wise and Pound-foolish".
Because of a frugal nature, the mis-use of the MOTIVATION of GIVING may tend to horde resources instead of
releasing them to change the lives of others. as implied in the parable of the talents...
This happens because they sadly of bought a lie from the devil
that human life is not as valuable... The ultimate example of this is Judas Iscariot who ended up
devaluing the life of Jesus when he lost his hope of reigning with Messiah the Conquering King.
And as a result, Judas sold-out Messiah the Suffering Servant for a few silver coins.
The key about the 30 pieces of silver, is that it was a monetary value placed on Life,
which is very sad irony because the priests took that Blood Money and bought a graveyard ... instead of a Garden.
As all of the 7 motivational gifts are of equal importance, the motivation and ministry of GIVING effectively uses the value of money to serve the value of Life, which ultimately leads to eternal Life.
When degenerated and mis-used, it uses the value of Life to serve the temporary value of money which ultimately ends in eternal death
- Example 11: When the Gospel is received, people will react differently according to their gifts,
the MOTIVATION of GIVING will be excited by the promise of the gospel and what is available for them.
In contrast, when the Gospel is received, the person with the Primary MOTIVATIONAl Gift of PROPHECY
easily sees their need to repent and make salvation a deliberate choice of their will.
If there is a conflict, the Motivation of PROPHECY looks for a decision to made one way or the other,
while the MOTIVATION of GIVING looks for what is needed in terms of Information, Possessions,
Better Health Conditions... Finances (if appropriate), etc.
- As in Example 11: When the Gospel is received, the MOTIVATION of GIVING finds the greatest path of fulfillment in being able to deliver
ETERNAL resources (which have the greatest value) to those in need.
In contrast, the MOTIVATION of SERVING will be inspired by the good works of Jesus, the apostles, and those who are serving in their gifts around them ... and be challenged by their new greater ability to do good works also.
Similar to the MOTIVATION of SERVING, the MOTIVATION of GIVING has the gift of hospitality.
They are particularly welcoming of others. eg Martha and Mary.
John 11:21John 11:32
Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus into his home with great joy.
Giving may be in the form of money or possessions, and ocassionally time and also effort.
Just like the MOTIVATION of SERVING, the MOTIVATION of GIVING is not slow volunteer to help where there is a practical need.
- Again, as in Example 11: When the Gospel is witnessed to them,
the MOTIVATION of TEACHING will want to have his questions answered before he can make a decision.
In contrast, the MOTIVATION of GIVING will seriously consider the loss of living in sin against the reward of eternal life.
If there is a conflict, the Motivation of TEACHING looks for further Details of what the conflict is about, so that intelligent decisions can be made.
Whereas the MOTVIATION of GIVING, again, is more focused on what resources are needed to resolve the conflict.
- As in Example 11: When the Gospel is witnessed to them,
the MOTIVATION of EXHORTATION will be challenged by your testimony and the changes they see in you.
In contrast, the MOTIVATION of GIVING will also evaluate what you have received (from God) and what you have given ...
and then, how it would transfer to them, so that they could tap into God's resources and give to others also.
If there is a conflict, the Motivation of EXHORTATION looks for what the possible steps of resolution are, and then encouragement towards making the first step.
Whereas the MOTVIATION of GIVING, again, is more focused on what resources are needed to resolve the conflict.
- As in Example 11: When the Gospel is witnessed to them,
the MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION will examine the overall meaning of the gospel and the purpose for their life as it fits into the Kingdom of God with others..
In contrast, the MOTIVATION of GIVING will examine the total cost for their life against the total benefit for their self, as well as to others.
If there is a conflict, the Motivation of ADMINISTRATION looks for better Understanding of what the responsibilities are, and/or
Time Re-Scheduling if the conflict is also task related. Then they would draw up a plan to accomplish the resolution and take the lead in over-seeing its progress and completion.
Whereas the MOTVIATION of GIVING, would be more focused on what specific Resources are needed to perform those responsibilities,
holding the viewpoint that the administrative plan can not be implemented if the necessary resources are not made available.
- As in Example 11: When the Gospel is witnessed to them,
the MOTIVATION of MERCY will respond to the message of God's Love and the Love shown to them.
In contrast, the MOTIVATION of GIVING will see the value that God gave His own Life to redeem us from Hell,
and through a small measure of faith on our part benefits us with the greatest return on investment:
the Kingdom of Heaven both now and eternally.
If there is a conflict, the MOTIVATION of GIVING, again, looks for what resources needed to resolve the issue (the first and foremost is God's Love and Truth),
whereas the Motivation MERCY has Compassion towards the efforts of those involved, and will allot the necessary
time to cool down if emotions are too hot, and then find ways to help them release their feelings through God's Love and His forgiveness,
casting their cares on Him 1 Peter 5:6-7
Their objective, is to get them emotionally stable enough to then be able to come to the Truth that will make them free.
The MOTIVATION of Administration
From the original language of scripture, the word for Administrator can also be interpreted as 'ruler' or 'leader'.
In this website, we emphasize the term Administrator because, unfortunately, the terms 'ruler' or 'leader' too often
are misunderstood and misused by the pride of our fleshly minds which are so easily distracted into self-centeredness
The key of all the gifts is humility and submission to the Holy Spirit, and is absolutely vital for the Motivational Gift and Ministry of Administration.
From the Bible, we see excellent qualities of Leadership in Joseph, Moses, and Daniel (to name a few)
compared to the Earthly Rulers they were positioned under.
A tyrant will lead by fear and by force. A True Ruler, Administrator and Leader will lead by serving God for those whom they have been entrusted to lead.
Such a leader will obtain and abundance of respect, honor and loyalty, in addition to devotion of service.
The more closely they follow the path of righteousness, the more easily they will be able to lead others to their better destiny.
The greatest Leaders will be those who are the greatest followers of Christ.
Someone with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL Gift of ADMINISTRATION loves to organize, co-ordinate, facilitate,
and lead others in the ministries of the Kingdom of God. They have a unique inner drive to set and work for goals
in accordance with God's purpose for the future and to communicate those goals to others in such a way
that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish those goals for the glory of God.
The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION is mission and goal oriented. Those who have this as their Primary Motivational Gift,
like to work to clear goals, and see what they are doing as part of the mission that God has called them to.
They are visionary people with a broad perspective. They love to see the whole perspective of the gospel.
As leaders, they find joy in serving the needs of groups. They are also strategists.
Leaders see the relevant issues clearly, and are ahead of other people in dealing with them.
Those with this Primary Motivation are typically determined and hard-working individuals
who give priority to the goal they set and single-mindedly put other things aside to achieve it.
Once a decision is made and a goal is set, a certain effort may be required to convince them to change their mind.
If it can be proven that there is a more efficient solution or the proposed change will obtain a greater objective, they will then look immediately to restructure than plan accordingly.
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES (New Testament)
of the MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION:
The apostle Paul was a visionary. He set goals for himself
He had a clear perspective of the enormous reach of the gospel
He applied his vision to his own people:
Indeed, Paul envisions the entire plan of God, both Jew and Gentile...
Paul sees himself as the one who plants the seed of the gospel, while Apollos watered the plant
1 Corinthians 3:61 Corinthians 3:10
He also gives another picture of laying the foundation so that others can build upon it.
The Centurion who understood how proper order and authority works
James, the brother of Jesus, reveals the plan of God from a broader and practical perspective,
whereby proper action was able to be taken under adverse circumstances
Paul recommended to people to accept the authority of those whom God has placed in leadership positions:
and of the church
1 Thessalonians 5:12
In addition, Paul gave instructions that all those in leadership should follow:
Paul made a point out that his own authority in the leadership position as an apostle,
was genuinely proven from the Holy Spirit, and understood the limits of his authority under Christ as well as the other apostles
The Motivation of ADMINSITRATION desires to facilitate, organize, and administrate... Qualities valued in leadership
(The King James version uses the interpretation of leader or ruler)
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION tend to be more project oriented than people oriented.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION are highly skilled at visualizing how people and systems work together to accomplish goals towards a projected vision.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION understand, respect and honor authority.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION are geared towards developing systems.
They see the lack of direction in any group or organization before others.
In the lack of leadership, they naturally step in and take charge.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION are able to see the need for and assemble
the resources available that are required to reach a goal. They see the decisions to be made,
the people to be approached, finance required, and procedures to be followed.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION love orderly procedures.
1 Corinthians 14:40
Paul gave detailed instructions to Timothy and Titus for running the church
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION value harmony and efficiency between people. They
can break down a large task into smaller units to make them more achievable.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION understand the value of delegating tasks to others.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION typically make good builders, entrepreneurs, church planters, or missionaries.
IF this person is an 'extrovert', they will be happy with being up front,
but if they are 'introverted' will see that they can equally well initiate new ideas and projects from behind the scenes.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION understand, honor and respect authority structures.
They want to know how much authority they have and what they do not have, and respect those limits.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION can be competitive, and will work hard to achieve what they have decided to do.
This also makes them loyal to organizations they serve.
The Motivation of ADMINISTRATION in CONTRAST with the other Gifts:
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION can have problems with stubbornness.
They find it hard to work with those who are not as committed as they are.
We see an example of this in the New Testament with Paul and Barnabas
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION often get criticized,
taken for granted and even misunderstood (because of their broader perspective).
But when a leader commits himself to a task he is willing to endure much
opposition and difficulties because of the importance of the task.
Paul suffered tremendous opposition, and was willing to continue on.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION ironically, may think that they will never be good enough to be a leader
(even when they are the best person for the job).
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION who ARE Out-going, will stretch the limits to what leadership they want to express.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION commonly have more passion for building (or re-building) than than they do for maintaining.
Therefore they may not be very happy with staying with a project for a long time, once it has reached stable operation.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION need to be careful that
they don't put projects ahead of people, and overlook people's real needs, nor their immediate needs.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION must be careful NOT to
drive themselves so hard that they neglect personal spiritual needs, or the needs of their family.
Men and women with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINSITRATION are more trusted,
powerful and effective leaders when they lead by example with their personal lives.
- In Example 12: If planning a new Church,
The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION would strive to have the overall plan so that everything could be carried out smoothly in carrying out the mission statement of the church.
while in contrast, the MOTIVATION of PROPHECY would aim to ensure a focus on the Gospel as well as a high Biblical standard in all teaching and activities of the church.
In Example 8: If preaching, the Motivation of PROPHECY wants to see people get saved, while the Motivation of ADMINISTRATION wants to see people get discipled.
In general, the all the motivational gifts desire immediate satisfaction, but especially SERVING.
Those with the Primary MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION also want to see things completed as quickly as possible,
but because they look forward to completing the task, they are able to stick at a job until it is completed, even if it takes a long time.
In Example 12: If planning a new Church, the MOTIVATION of SERVING would be concerned with which activities of the church needed to be provided for,
with a passion for everyone working together. The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION desires this also, but does so from the perspective of co-ordinating not only
the activities and services, but also the resources and time that are needed to maintain the overall objectives to best efficiency.
- In Example 13: When leading a Bible Study, both MOTIVATIONAL gifts of TEACHING and ADMINISTRATION
will have similar tendencies to organize the lesson and present it in a methodical way.
Where the motivations differ is how ADMINISTRATION will be focused to accomplish the overall picture of the lesson in a timely manner,
while TEACHING may not get through all the material, because they don't want to skip the important details in between.
In Example 12: If planning a new Church, the MOTIVATION of TEACHING might focus their attention on ensuring
a Bible-based instruction oriented ministry with plans for teaching of Sunday School and Youth.
The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION would want to see that the lesson schedules follows a sequential path towards completion at the end of the year, forseeing the need for skipped meetings and serendipity of the Holy Spirit to alter any given agenda.
- In Example 10: When Counseling, the MOTIVATION of EXHORTATION desires to see and encourages someone to move forward and make some amount of progress towards the goal... ultimately towards Christ.
The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION desires this also, but has a more long term focus in overseeing that someone stays on course towards their destiny ... ultimately in Christ.
In Example 12: If planning a new Church, the MOTIVATION of EXHORTATION would be interested in HOW the church was going to win people, and especially in the development of Discipleship and Counseling ministries. The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION would want to see that those with certain talents and callings are correctly placed into paths of becoming deacons and elders in the church, as well as being properly positioned in old and new ministries.
The MOTIVATION of GIVING is focused on making sure that the resources necessary for a project are made available,
while the MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION is focused on how the resources fit together to accomplish the project.
In Example 12: If planning a new Church, the MOTIVATION of GIVING would want to enable support for the building,
development and continuation of the church's ministries,
as well as ensuring that the tithes and offerings would be stewarded with high integrity in the eyes of God.
The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION would strive to match and maintain the appropriate resources of materials,
finances and laborers with the right ministries.
- In Example 10: When counseling,
The MOTIVATION of MERCY wants to help get someone to a place where they can be alive, whereas,
The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION wants to help by developing and getting someone on the plan that leads them to the place where they are alive and can thrive.
In Example 12: If planning a new Church, the MOTIVATION of MERCY would make sure that while the church was being built, they were growing a warm,
caring, nurturing family. But without the MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION such a church could easily move off course to
becoming more centered on the second commandment, of loving our neighbor more than the first commandment, Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
The MOTIVATION of ADMINISTRATION puts action-based seeking above feeling when seeking first His Kingdom, trusting that outcome will provide the appropriate environment for family of God to bond with God and each other.
Again, one motivation is not better than the other, THEY ARE ALL NEEDED and need to work together, if we want to reach the fullness of Christ.
The MOTIVATIONAL Gift of Mercy
Mercy is best known as the expression of God's Love, and is so greatly needed in Body of Christ.
Someone with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL Gift of MERCY is the first to show compassion, love and care to those in need.
It is natural for them to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals (both Christian and
non-Christian) who suffer distressing physical, mental or emotional problems, and to translate
that compassion into cheerfully done deeds which reflect Christ's love which alleviates suffering and draws them nearer to God.
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES (New Testament)
of the MOTIVATION of MERCY:
In the account of the Good Samaritan.Jesus asked the teacher of the law, "Which one acted like a neighbour?"
The man replied, "The one who showed mercy to him."
Mercy here is caring for the person who is less fortunate, and unable to help themselves.
It is interesting that both Mary (the mother of The Messiah) and Elizabeth (the mother of John the Babtist),
both considered that God shows His Mercy by giving Life through them.
Mary Magdalene easily examples Paul's injunction: "be happy with those who are happy and weep with those who weep"
Mary Magdalene was the one who cried when she discovered the empty tomb
She was one who was involved in caring for Jesus during His ministry
and was also affected by his loss.
All of the 12 disciples established a close relationship with Christ, even to the point where at the last supper,
John was leaning with the back of his head on the chest of Jesus
In his gospel, John refers to himself as the 'disciple whom Jesus loved'
Compared to the accounts of the other Gospels, John also picks up the way Jesus was able to see the good in people:
He discerned what Nathanael was like
and also the woman at the well
While on the cross, Jesus gave John the responsibility of his distressed mother, knowing him to be a caring person
It is also interesting to note that throughout his gospel, John reveals the caring fatherhood of God.
John used the word 'love' more than any of the other gospel writers, and in his letters, Love is also the main theme.
And it is John who gives us the definition: 'God is love'
1 John 4:8
1 John 4:16
All of us should attend to and care for the emotional needs of others, but the person who has the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY, will do this naturally.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY is very people oriented and tends to be highly perceptive and sensitive to the emotional needs of others.
It is also important to the person with the Primary MOTIVATIONAL Gift of MERCY, that love is expressed in action as well as words.
The person with the Primary Motivation of MERCY will give and need to receive love more than any other of the motivational giftings,
and therefore they are vital as the heartbeat of the Family of God.
The Motivation of MERCY is most sensitive of all the gifts to the feelings and needs of others.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY, generally look for the good things in other people and are non-critical of them.
The person with the Primary Motivation of MERCY is a people person.
They don't like working on their own, but instead, prefer to work and be with another person or group. Their openness to
others makes them delightful and easy people to work with. John spent a lot of time with the Peter.
The person with the Primary Motivation of MERCY commonly loves music, art and poetry and has a mindset of creativity.
They tend to look for beauty in all things but especially in worship.
Mary (the mother of Jesus), burst out into a creative song of praise when Elizabeth greeted her
The person with the Primary Motivation of MERCY is typically mood oriented, and greatly values when the surrounding environment affects them positively.
They are the ones who care the most what color the walls are, and whether the living room, as well as the whole house, is welcoming.
The Compassion motivational gift feels drawn to people in need and enjoys doing thoughtful things for others.
They are especially sensitive toward those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally,
so as to genuinely sympathize with their misery, speaking words of compassion, but more so caring for them with deeds of love to help alleviate their distress.
As each gift is distinct and in it's function and effectiveness, they are ultimately weak if not properly blended with the other gifts.
It is more so with the MOTIVATIONAL gift of Mercy, because of the all the seven Motivational gifts,
Mercy is the most vulnerable to attack and mis-use.
The Motivation of MERCY in CONTRAST with the other Gifts:
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY may place a higher value on their feelings rather than rational thought.
And although this is not necessarily a bad thing, it many times, may cause them to make poor decisions because
they value feelings as more important than sound reason and simple faith in the Word of God.
As a recent example: My wife is from another country and has some difficulty with the language here. At a Wednesday night service,
a woman at our discussion table, said to my wife: "You're OK just the way you are. You don't need to change anything".
So often and so easily, we get confused between identity and personal improvement (which makes our life better).
Although this woman was well meaning and truly compassionate,
she was actually promoting a worldly mind-set (in this instance) that DISCOURAGES the fact that we all should be active in improving ourselves (see Proverbs) and that even the scriptures command transformation by the Word of God
2 Corinthians 3:18
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY needs to be careful about "bearing burdens" in their own
strength, as this can be a drain on their emotional and physical strength. They have to learn to disconnect from a situation before their compassion gets them hooked into someone elses problem who needs to make their own decisions.
For example, they have to be careful not to become an "Enabler" for someone with a drug or alchohol addiction.
The person with the Primary Motivation of MERCY may have a tendency for carrying the problems and worries about other people on their heart.
This initially helps them in taking action to help others, but if the burden is not properly released through prayer
and encouraging counsel toward Christ (who is the true healer),
the person with this motivation of MERCY, may become depressed and further attacked by the same demons
that are attacking the person that they are caring about. Let's not forget, there is still a spiritual war going on
and the battle ground takes place in our souls! Ephesians 6:10-18
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY lives very much in the present and tends to do things on the spur of the moment, which at times, they may find it difficult to plan for the future because they will not be sure if they will be in the mood when the planned time arrives.
Because of their sensitivity, the person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY may be easily hurt, if they are spurned. Even in the new testament, John and James reacted emotionally, and asked Jesus if they should call down fire from heaven and consume the Samaritans who rejected the Lord.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY may become intolerant with rules and regulations that seem unreasonable or limiting. On the positive side of this, is that they are able to break through social barriers and customs to express Love, such as the example that Jesus described of the Good SamaritanLuke 10:30-37
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY are the peacemakers, and want to see the body of
Christ functioning in love. Therefore, they dislike conflict.
They don't want to hurt the parties on either side of a conflict, and they want to see the good in each argument.
Because of this, they may find it difficult to understand some doctrinal issues for this reason.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY may find it hard to be firm with disciplining others because they don't want to offend other people.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY may feel the need to always be with someone, and may have had a historythat may have included a series of boyfriends/girlfriends when dating, and later a series of divorces. (such as the woman at the well)
We all need to develop a deep love relationship with Christ as our prime relationship, above all others.
For those with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY, it is vital that other friendships do not take the place that only Jesus should have.
Those with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY commonly make good counselors.
But if the person whom they are counseling, is a person of the opposite sex,
they need to safeguard themselves by always working with another counselor or accountable person,
because their deep feelings for the person in need may be misinterpreted. (Of course, this is good practice, regardless of their Gifting).
Example 14: At home during a family meal, if someone dropped the dessert onto the floor,
here is how each one of the family members representing the 7 different motivational gifts might react:
MERCY: "Don't feel too badly. It could have happened to anyone."
PROPHECY: "That's what happens when you're not careful!"
SERVING: "Oh let me help you clean it up."
TEACHING: "The reason the cherry cobbler fell is that it was too heavy on the outer left corner, and the oven mit wasn't properly on her hand."
EXHORTATION: "Next time, slow it down a bit, and let someone help you carry the plates."
GIVING: "I'll be glad to buy another desert."
ADMINISTRATION: "Robert, would you get the mop; Carol, please help pick up the dish; David would you help Amy to make another desert, and I'll make us some coffee while we wait."
Example 6 (re-visited): If seven Christians representing each of the motivational gifts, were visiting a sick person in the hospital,
here is what each one might say, based on the perspective of their motivational gift:
MERCY: "I was so upset when I found out that you were in the hospital. How do you feel now?"
PROPHECY: "It is not God's desire for you to have this illness. Is there some sin you haven't confessed."
SERVING: "Well, I have brought your mail in, fed your dog, watered your plants and washed your dishes."
TEACHING: "I've done some research on your illness and I believe I can explain what's happening."
EXHORTATION: "Make the most of your time here and Rest with your faith in God's Word.
Soon, you'll be better than before you came in."
GIVING: "Would you like some chocolate cake? I know that is your favorite."
ADMINISTRATION: "Don't worry about a thing. I've assigned your job to four others in the church."
The Motivational Gift of MERCY IN CONTRAST with the Motivational Gift of PROPHECY:
The Apostle John, was also the author of the book of Revelation. But because of the Highly Prophetic nature of that book,
many people mistake his motivation to be that of Prophecy.
Again, our motivational gifting is not identified by what we do, but WHY we do it.
It is wonderful to see our Loving God, chose to Reveal End Time Prophecies through someone with the Motivation of MERCY.
In his account of the Gospel, The disciple John identifies himself as
"the one whom Jesus Loved".
He was not as out spoken as Peter or the others, but stayed closed to Jesus none the less.
The common theme throughout his epistles, was Love rather than "Heaven or Hell".
Both the MOTIVATIONAL Gifts of MERCY and PROPHECY, are almost polar opposites of each other. Ironically,
the old saying that "opposites attract", will find some validity as many men and women have become married
because they bear these opposite motivational gifts in their personality.
This can have dramatic results either positively or negatively.
The negative results will occur when they allow their flesh to rule and the motivation of PROPHECY dominates the motivation of MERCY,
or if the person with the Gift of Mercy is "headstrong", a conflict can become highly emotionally charged and explode into "irreconcilable differences".
In contrast, the positive results from seeking first the Kingdom of God, will have these two building each other up in the areas where the other is weak.
For example, the person with Motivation of PROPHECY may be harsh in their language as they have a tendency to speak in "black and white" terms,
but as their heart is more open to hear the Holy Spirit, they will not only see the effectiveness of the Gift of MERCY in their spouse,
but they will also be able to receive suggestions and correction from their spouse.
Possibly the spouse with the gift of MERCY may lack confidence in confrontation,
(or may even sacrifice the conviction of scripture for the sake of feelings).
Yet if they have an open and hearing ear to the Holy Spirit, they also, may see and receive suggestions and correction from their spouse. In addition, they become an even more powerful witness in their testimony as they demonstrate and express to Love of God and His Kingdom to others.
The world would consider the conviction of Prophecy and the acceptance of Mercy as two viewpoints that can never see eye to eye. But in God's Kingdom on Earth,
It is marvelous to witness these two opposites in agreement! Truly what is impossible with man is possible with God
Since churches are made of people, it stands to reason that to the degree and ratio of their giftings, they will be identified by the fruit of their labor.
In a local Body of believers, the ratio of those with the primary motivational gift of PROPHECY versus those with the motivational gift of MERCY,
is probably the easiest to detect as we observe its operation.
For instance, if there are more believers with the Motivational gift of PROPHECY, you will see a church with many programs, teachings and preaching geared around different aspects of prophecy. At the extremes, some will be more imbalanced than others as the hard edge of (light vs dark) Prophecy may not have room for those with the motivational gift of mercy.
In contrast, a church with a higher ratio of the Motivational Gift of MERCY, will emphasize a much softer environment with more music,
and family oriented programs for married couple, young adults, and even singles. They will be big on the children's ministry, with many plays,
Vacation Bible school, projects and even paint the walls and decorate the church building so that it is warm and welcoming.
And overall, they will remain centered around the theme of Love and forgiveness.
So, "What's wrong with all that?"
The problem lies in a lie ... where though we don't admit it, we in effect believe that: "the Holy Spirit will balance it all out."
We believe is because it is half true. The part that is true is when we take the responsibility AND the effort to work with Him to do so. But in reality, most churches have taken the unspoken and subtle position of leaving 100% of the task of transforming us, entirely to the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to perform.
In reality, that's not how He works. He is Our Father and works in the same way an earthly father does ... who does NOT do everything for his children, because he wants them to use the tools (gifts) He's already given us and work with Him in manifesting His kingdom in our lives. He carries us when needed, but his desire is that we learn to walk on our own: not away from Him , but with him and each other.
When we make a conscious effort to nurture these gifts within each other, we will begin to walk in greater/deeper unity,
which is the prerequisite for HIS BODY moving to a much higher level that ironically many have been preaching and even prophesying about.
Again, we see these effects displayed in the 7 churches described in the first 3 chapters of the Book of Revelation.
... Jesus, himself had a few things to say about the imbalance He was finding.
...We need to have an ear, and take heed!
The Motivational Gift of MERCY IN CONTRAST with the Motivational Gift of SERVING:
The Motivation of SERVING is centered around doing while the motivation of MERCY is centered around feeling.
For example, two believers may be involved in the same ministry of feeding the Homeless.
But one will do it because they are fulfilled in serving the Lord by serving others,
while the other is fulfilled in serving the Lord by comforting others through the actions of service.
Here's another simple way to view the subtle differences between the Motivations of MERCY and SERVING:
Mercy likes to help people because they want them to feel better and view their presence as valuable to that person.
Serving likes to help people because they view their efforts as valuable to that person.
The Motivational Gift of MERCY IN CONTRAST with the Motivational Gift of TEACHING:
Similar to the Motivation of Prophecy, the Motivation of TEACHING, in general, keeps the emotions well under control,
but suffers the danger of not discerning the feelings of others, and even appearing to be distant and not caring of others needs.
In contrast, The Motivation of MERCY cares intently about the soul of a person more than their level of knowledge or intellectual state of mind.
Simply put: TEACHING cares about accuracy, facts and details. MERCY simply cares.
The Motivational Gift of MERCY IN CONTRAST with the Motivational Gift of EXHORTATION:
Mercy cares about someone for where they're at right now, while Exhortation cares where that someone will be tomorrow.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of EXHORTATION has compassion for where someone is at, and even more passion to help them get to a better place tomorrow.
In contrast, The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY has compassion for where someone is at right now, and even more passion for helping them just get through today.
Imagine how powerful just these two Motivational gifts can affect your life: when you are down, to have someone beside you to not only help you through your situation, but to also lift you up and help you overcome.
The Motivational Gift of MERCY IN CONTRAST with the Motivational Gift of GIVING:
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY cares about you and especially how you are feeling.
In contrast the person with the Primary Motivational Gift of GIVING cares about your needs more than your emotions.
In their eyes, your emotions will recover quicker when your needs are met.
Mercy seeks your emotional restoration.
GIVING seeks to SUPPLY your restoration and maintenance in accordance with your self-reliance in balance with your reliance on God.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY believes it is highly important for them to be with you in your time of need.
In contrast, the person with the Primary Motivational Gift of GIVING believes it is not necessary for them to be present in order to help meet your needs.
The Motivational Gift of MERCY IN CONTRAST with the Motivational Gift of ADMINISTRATION:
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY will stand along side you like a close brother or sister.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINISTRATION will stand along side you as a father, guiding you on the right path.
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of MERCY focuses helping you first by coming along side you in emotional support. In contrast,
The person with the Primary Motivational Gift of ADMINISTRATION focuses their help by putting your emotional issues on the side, while re-ordering your path to recovery.
The 7 Motivational Gifts are a hidden secret that many Spirit-filled churches have yet to fully tap into.
To the degree that you exercise your KNOWledge of them,
is the degree you will open up the greater destiny that God has for you.
Why? Because they are connected to the nature of God.
They connect your heart with His heart at both broader and deeper levels
and at the same time connect our hearts together as we begin to truly
manifest His kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.
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