Why should I identify my spiritual gift?
God grants spiritual gifts to the Body of Christ so that every member will be edified and built up and He will be glorified. Motivational gifts help shape a believer’s perspective on life and ministry, so discerning which gift belongs to you will help equip you to use it. If believers are ignorant of spiritual gifts, many will suffer, but if they are knowledgeable of spiritual gifts, many will be blessed.
The Apostle Paul gave us extensive instruction about spiritual gifts, especially in his first letter to the Corinthian church. He wrote, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant” (I Corinthians 12:1). The English word ignorant in this verse is a translation of the Greek word agnoeo. It refers not only to “not knowing” something through a lack of information or intelligence, but it also means by implication “to ignore through disinclination.” Therefore, we are exhorted to have knowledge of the gifts and not to ignore them or be unwilling to learn about them and practice them.
As a Christian, seek to identify your spiritual gifts—especially your motivational gift—and use them to benefit one another. Paul exhorted Timothy with these words: “Neglect not the gift [charisma—‘gift of grace’] that is in thee” (I Timothy 4:14).
Your Gift Demonstrates God’s Presence in You
Each believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit. “Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19, Amplified Bible).
The Holy Spirit Himself is a gift from God, and He, in turn, manifests the wisdom and power of God as He indwells each believer. The spiritual gifts (motivational, ministry, and manifestation gifts) are all means to demonstrate God’s love and power to the Church and to the world.
At the moment of salvation, when God’s Holy Spirit takes up residence in a believer’s being, God gives the believer his motivational spiritual gift. This gift manifests God’s presence in the believer’s life. Because we value God’s presence and the gifts He gives, we should mature in our understanding and practice of the spiritual gifts as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (See II Peter 3:18.)
God Wants You to Use Your Gift
Scripture gives us this instruction: “As every man hath received the gift [charisma], even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (I Peter 4:10–11).
From this passage of Scripture, we learn that:
- Each believer has a motivational spiritual gift.
- God expects us to use that gift as we minister to others by His grace and for His glory.
- God supernaturally gives us abilities through those gifts.
Your Gift Equips You for Ministry
Identifying your motivational gift helps equip you to carry out the good works that God has assigned to you, because understanding your strengths and weaknesses helps you become more efficient. Your potential to bring glory to God is multiplied when you identify your gift and begin to use it freely, to serve others with the unique insights and skills that accompany your gift, and to delight in being useful in the kingdom of God.
Your Gift Helps You Appreciate Others More
All too often, we are hasty to judge other believers based on our inadequate perceptions of their actions. However, identifying spiritual gifts and understanding how they work together equips us to respond to others with more patience and appreciation.
As you learn more about motivational spiritual gifts, you will come to appreciate the unique insights of each motivational gift. We need each other. That’s the way God designed the body: all the parts work together to enable the body to function as it should. As the Body of Christ, we need each member, and each member needs to be aware of his particular gift and to use that gift fully, with love and maturity.
Your Gift Enables You to See Needs That Others Overlook
Motivational spiritual gifts equip believers to see needs that are overlooked by others. For example, the Holy Spirit supernaturally equips a giver with exceptional sensitivity to the need for resources, especially financial resources. When a giver becomes aware of a need, that need is obvious to him. However, others who have access to the same information may not have any awareness of the need that the giver perceived so quickly—and that’s okay.
The giver is doing what he’s appointed by God to do, and the others should be aware of their need for the giver’s insights. The giver, on the other hand, should realize that his perspective is a limited one. He, too, needs to hear and receive insights from others who have different motivational gifts, which reflect sensitivity to other needs.
The Holy Spirit makes the giver aware of the financial need, because that is part of the giver’s “assignment” in the Body. God also equips the giver with special abilities to provide for particular needs.
The potential for frustration on behalf of the giver is tremendous. Since he can clearly see the need, he could easily react in anger to the others’ apparent callousness. He may condemn them privately or even publicly. He needs to keep in mind that his own ability to perceive the need is a supernatural gift that others—who have different motivational spiritual gifts—do not have.
The giver’s brothers and sisters in Christ do not have the strengths and wisdom needed to carry out the role of the giver. Others would not experience the measure of joy and satisfaction that a giver would experience when he sees and meets a need. That’s because others are supposed to be doing other jobs in the Body of Christ, using their gifts and God-given abilities to discern and meet other areas of need.
Your Gift Helps Others Grow in Godliness
When people with other gifts appear to be blind to needs that are especially dear to your heart, welcome those situations as opportunities to confirm your own motivational gift. Remember that it’s okay that they do not see things the way you do. You can lovingly help them learn how to develop an awareness of the needs you see.
As those with different motivational gifts learn to acknowledge and appreciate the insights and abilities of your motivational gift, they can grow in grace and acquire increased sensitivity to the needs you see. Although believers who have different motivational gifts will never experience the level of joy and satisfaction that you experience as you exercise your gift, they can bless others significantly through the skills and sensitivity they gain by learning from you.
The Body of Christ Needs YOU!
God created you to bring Him glory. One way you can do that is by using your motivational gift to its full potential. You were “fearfully and wonderfully” made in the image of God (see Psalm 139:14), and He has placed you in the Body of Christ exactly where He wants you to be. He put you there because it gave Him pleasure to put you there. (See I Corinthians 12:18.) He also assigned your motivational gift, which you received at salvation, and He wants you to be blessed by it and to bless others through it.
God wants you to experience fullness of joy. (See John 15:11 and John 16:24.) When you identify your motivational spiritual gift, you will be able to understand yourself better and you will be far better equipped to understand others too. We are excited for you as you make this discovery!