Practical Applications of the Motivational Gifts...

Yesterday I gave you some blanks to fill in concerning the gifts. Here are the answers :)


An illness keeps a woman bedridden for a month. If each of her seven immediate neighbors has a different motivational gift, how will each one express love to her? Fill in the blanks.


Server...
will take over meals, offer to do housework, run errands, mow the lawn.


Compassionate Person... will ask how she feels, empathize, hug, weep, stay by her bedside.


Teacher ...
will find it hard to relate to her, but will take a good book and tapes.




Exhorter...
will go right over and encourage her, share uplifting Scripture.


Administrator...
will find out what she needs and organize the neighborhood to meet the needs.


Giver...
will bring food and other gifts, spend time talking and listening.


Perceiver... will pray both privately and with her for healing, strength and endurance.




Motivational Gifts IN SUNDAY SCHOOL…


The perceiver will want to teach the older youth and adults.
The server will prefer to help the teacher or help in the nursery handle the custodial work or be the secretary.
The teacher will aim at teaching the adult or college-age classes, or preparing and providing enrichment material.
The exhorter will be happy to teach any age and will be especially good with children and teenagers.
The giver will do well teaching any age, and may also want to handle finances or promote missionary support and offerings.
The administrator will be delighted to be in charge or be department superintendent or teach an adult class.
The compassion person will migrate to teaching or helping in the primary age, pre-school or nursery departments.


Can you think of any other jobs in Sunday School or Church services that would fit any of the gifts’ motivations?


1. Greeter/Welcome person to meet and greet people as they come in…making sure they get to the right Sunday School class. Server, Compassion Person, Exhorter


2. Usher


3. Class secretary/records keeper. This is crucial because this person will know who’s missing and find out why… will let the Teacher know.




Motivational Gifts IN BIBLE STUDIES…
Perceiver will: Spend much time in prayerful preparation; use the Bible as basic text book; focus on subjects like prayer, prophecy and God’s will.


Server will: Prefer not to teach but to provide the place for the study. But if pressed will use prepared materials; do a detailed preparation of the lesson; focus on practical subjects that demonstrate faith.


Teacher will: Want to prepare his own lesson plans; spend much time in biblical research; prefer teaching an entire book of the Bible or a thematic topic.


Exhorter will: Use prepared material; draw from life experience for illustrations; choose subjects that will help people live victoriously.


Giver will: Enjoy doing his own preparation; tend to gear each lesson to win someone to Christ; focus on subjects like evangelism and missions.


Administrator will: Organize materials into his own special lesson plan; bring in resource people for added interest; cover broad subjects from a variety of aspects.


Compassion person will: Use prepared materials; be spontaneous in teaching methods; focus on God’s love and right relationships.


We are only here to be prepared for our eternal purpose and the only way we can be prepared is to understand it is all for God’s glory. If we give our gifts away…utilizing them in God’s service then we are rich beyond measure and God just pours more and more into us to be used for His purposes.


Just remember that God has given us our motivational gifts so that we will have the eagerness and the energy to join Him in His work. When you are operating within your gift, you have the energy of Paul who wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians that


  • 2 Corinthians 11 24 I've been flogged five times with the Jews' thirty-nine lashes, 25 beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I've been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day. 26 In hard traveling year in and year out, I've had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I've been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. 27 I've known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather. 28 And that's not the half of it, when you throw in the daily pressures and anxieties of all the churches. 29 When someone gets to the end of his rope, I feel the desperation in my bones. When someone is duped into sin, an angry fire burns in my gut. 30 If I have to "brag" about myself, I'll brag about the humiliations that make me like Jesus. 31 The eternal and blessed God and Father of our Master Jesus knows I'm not lying.
If Paul kept on going after all that, who are we to complain about a little discomfort out of our comfort zones? Our purpose is to bring God glory and to spread His gospel. Paul did this beautifully.
God bestows upon us these gifts so that we'll reflect His glory and so that we'll grow up to look just like Daddy! And so that when we get married, we'll have a most beautiful, bright white wedding gown on that is the righteous acts of the saints. Amen!




I pray you have enjoyed this Study, but my deepest prayer is that Jesus has taught you more about yourself and about those you love.
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