This creational gift focuses on the understanding. Believers with this gift will seek to clarify truth and doctrine, expounding upon the meaning and practical application of the truth. They will desire to impart knowledge and lead others into understanding the truth. To search out and validate truth will be as meaningful to those motivated by this gift as the actual imparting of it to others (1 Tim 5:17).
Needed In The Church – And The World
Some believers feel that being a teacher is a lesser gift and not to be desired. Yet how many of us have learned something valuable from a teacher? You are able to read this magazine because someone taught you how!
It is seldom that the world notices who the teachers are; but often much of civilization depends on what teachers do and say.
Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Church and the greatest Teacher of all, has given this gift to us because the Church needs it -you and I need it! In God’s Kingdom, there are no lesser gifts or little people.
A Scriptural Example Of The Teaching Gift
Apollos is an excellent example of the Motivational Gift of Teaching (Acts 18:24-28; 1 Cor 3:6):
- The teacher “waters” (1 Cor 3:6) – that is, helps the Church (believers) to grow.
- Apollos was “an eloquent man,” that is, gifted as a speaker.
- Apollos was “mighty in the Scriptures.” Teachers should base their instruction on the Scriptures, including their examples or illustrations.
- Apollos “spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord. Teachers are generally objective, and will thoroughly research a subject before speaking on it.
- Apollos was instructed “more accurately” by Aquila and Scripture says that teachers should also be teachable.
- Apollos “greatly helped those who had believed through “ Teachers provide the substance (the foundational Scriptures) on which experience can be placed and made permanent.
Experiences, by themselves, can pass away; experience based in the Word is permanent.
THE MOTIVATIONAL GIFT OF EXHORTING
v.8 – Exhorter- Sons Of Encouragement
As teaching is directed to the understanding, exhortation is directed at the heart, conscience and will. This gifting, working through a believer, will cause him to urge others to their full spiritual maturity. The operation of this gift is often directed toward those who are in difficult circumstances and suffering affliction.
The Motivational Gift of Exhortation works well in partnership with other gifts, such as teaching, and the prophetic and apostolic ministry gifts (l Tim 4:13; Titus 1:9; 1 Cor 14:3;Acts 4:36).
An exhorter will arouse and motivate both individual believers and the Church as a whole to patient endurance, brotherly love, and good works (Heb 3:13; 10:23-25). Exhorters will have a great ability to stimulate the faith and personal growth of others.
A Scriptural Example Of The Exhorting Gift
Barnabas is an outstanding portrayal of the exhorting gift, and of how that gift worked in partnership with his apostleship:
- “Barnabas” means “son of encouragement or consolation“(Acts 4:36).
- Exhorters have an encouraging message, that is, to follow the Lord purposefully (Acts 11:22-24).
- The exhorter’s message strengthens the souls of the believers and urges them to continue in the faith (Acts 14:20-22).
- Exhorters are generally positive about people and do not easily give up on them -even when others have (Acts 9:26,27).
- Exhorters have an ability to discern where people are in their spiritual growth and to speak to them on that level (Acts 11:22-24).
- It is important for an exhorter to maintain a positive attitude.
- If Barnabas had not exhorted the apostles to accept Saul (Paul), or exhorted Paul to accept Mark, almost half of the New Testament -the Gospel of Mark and the Epistles of Paul -might never have been written! (See Acts 15:37-39 and 2 Timothy 4:11).
THE MOTIVATIONAL GIFT OF GIVING
V.8- The Giver- A Deep Desire