One should speak with respect and sensitivity, so as not to offend people so badly that they miss what God wants to say to them.
A Scriptural Example Of Prophetic: Gifting
John the Baptist was truly a man gifted with the Ministry Gift of Prophet. His gifting and ministry form a “bridge” between the ministries of the Old Testament prophets and those of the New Testament prophets.
John the Baptist’s primary calling was fulfilled through the Ministry Gift of a Prophet (Eph 4:11). However, his life and ministry can also give us some insight into the function of the Motivational Gift of the prophetic:
- His unconventional dress (Matt 3:4) shows that he was not concerned about external appearance
- He was aware of his personal unworthiness (Luke 3:16). People with a prophetic gift tend to be hard on themselves.
- He knew he was only a voice for God. His ministry was completely scripturally based, as we can see in Luke 3:3-6.
- He was frank and direct in confronting the crowd with their sin, warning them of judgment, and exhorting them to repent (Luke 3:7-9).
- He did not dwell on the negative. When people from the crowd asked, “What shall we do then?” he told them the positive steps they could take to turn from their sin (Luke 3:10-14).
- He looked for repentance, that is, a change in lifestyle in people (Luke 3:8).
- He placed great emphasis on right (good) and wrong (evil) (Luke 3:10-14) and openly rebuked evil in those in authority (Luke 3:19).
- He discerned people’s motives (Luke 3:7).
THE MOTIVATIONAL GIFT OF MINISTRY (Serving)
V.7 – Server – A Spirit Of Servanthood
The Greek word used here for “ministry” is diakonia. This is one of the Greek words used for “servant“. Some would limit the use of this word to only that ministry or service done by a deacon (which is derived from diakonia). ‘This is not an unreasonable interpretation.
However, this word is used in Scripture in a much wider application. Diakonia almost always appears in the New Testament in connection with the service of, and in, the Christian Church.
It is used in the following ways in the New Testament:
- Service in general, meaning all works of service and ministry done for the good of the Body of Christ (Eph 4:12).
- As the apostolic ministry and the ministering of the Word (Acts 6:4;20:24).
- In the office of deacon and its areas of service and ministry (Acts 6:1-3).
Some are especially gifted in the area of service. They are fulfilled when they are serving the needs of others impractical ways.
But there is an important lesson to be learned here, regardless of your giftings. The above scriptures imply -and many others specifically state -that everything we do and are as Christians, and especially leaders, is to be marked by a spirit of servanthood.
No matter what your God-given gifts are, or the extent of the ministry God has given you, you are not greater than the Lord of the Church. (John 15:20). Everything we do is in service to Him, and to His Church.