Showing posts with label Motive Gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motive Gifts. Show all posts

What Is My Ministry Or Spiritual Gift?

Christians With Various Spiritual Gifts
As A Christian You Are An Important Member Of The Body

When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and explained how the Spirit of God give various gifts and ministries to each Christian, it was not an all-inclusive list. I Corinthians 12:8-10 is an example list. It includes some of the personalities, talents and strengths that each of us may have. It is a short list outlined to help us to appreciate who we are and our own unique abilities as God has blessed us.

Many churches preach this list as the ordained and exact gifts of the Spirit, persuading many to feverishly search for theirs. Some teach that all of us have them in one form or another. This prompts some Christians to adopt one, deceiving themselves and others. Others promote them as motive gifts and say that we have one of them or none at all, leaving many Christians feeling inadequate and deficient.

Paul was ministering in the synagogue and founding what was to become a powerful and vibrant church. In listing possible abilities, he gave a sampling of the various talents that we each are blessed with. The Holy Spirit is not limited to this 9-point list so please don't feel coerced to fit yourself in to validate your relationship with God. There are more gifts, varieties and combinations.

To the question what is my motivation gift, I say get to know yourself. Learn what your  substance is, what motivates you, what activities fulfill you. What are you inclined towards? What do you feel compelled to do? It will be irresistible. Sometimes people will tell you over and over what you excel in. Stop brushing it off. If you find that your inclination is not listed in I Corinthians 12:8-10, please don't despair. That list is just an example.

You still fit in because your unique capacity, whatever it is, is a gift from God. Grow in it through the Holy Spirit who lives in you. God himself will make a place for it where you can thrive and be appreciated. As Paul said, you are, after all, an important member of the body. There are diversities of gifts, ministries and activities.