This gift involves a special ability – and desire -to share material assistance. The giving being discussed here is of personal resource -NOT the distribution out of the treasury of the Church.
You do NOT have to be wealthy to have this gift. However, it does seem that those with this motivational gift have often been blessed with abundant resource . It seems the more they give, the more they have! They also seem to have the corresponding abilities to accumulate, handle and distribute assets.
They will give out of a deep desire o see the needs of God’s work met and the ministry of others succeed.
All believers, especially the leaders of a church or ministry, should tithe and give offerings. But those with the special Gift of Giving will give with extraordinary liberality -even when in poverty and affliction (Mark 12:41-44).
Purity Of Motive
The word “simplicity” (or “liberality” in some translations) comes from the Greek word laplotetes.
This term sometimes means “liberality” in Scripture. But here it means single-mindedness of heart, a purity of motive or purpose.
Since the giving involves personal resource, the giver should NEVER have a selfish motive. Sometimes the wealthy will make a donation expecting to gain influence or advantage for himself or
herself . The ruling elders or senior pastor should never allow this (see James Chapter 2).
If such a motive is suspected, those in leadership should make clear to the giver that there will be no advantage allowed him. If the person giving the gift does not understand or agree, the gift should be refused. God will provide for your needs another way. [For an example of how God feels about impure motives in giving, see Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11.]
A Scriptural Example Of The Giver
The life of Abraham provides us with some insights as to the functioning of this gift:
- Givers may be entrusted by God with many assets (Gen 13:1,2).
- Givers are of a generous and liberal spirit (Gen 13:9,10).
- Givers can be very aggressive and resourceful in the protection of their assets (Gen 14:14-16).
- Givers recognize God’s work and causes, and are responsive (Gen 14:18-20 -Melchizedek and tithing). .
- Givers have a firm knowledge that God is the source of their wealth, and give Him the glory (Gen 14:22-24).
- God puts givers in the right place at the right
THE MOTIVATIONAL GIFT OF LEADING
v.8 – The Leader – Servant-Leadership
The Greek word for “rules” (or “leads”) is ho proistemi . It means literally “he that is placed in front,” indicating a position of both authority and responsibility. Both of these go hand-in-hand in God’s Kingdom and are tempered by a servant’s heart.
The “leading” described by this word is NOT to be mistaken for simple management. Nor does it describe a gift that puts the person into a prominent public ministry.
Rather, it strongly indicates a requirement to lead for the good of the Body with a sense of personal responsibility. Hence, the exhortation to “lead with diligence“.
The word translated as “diligence” means “prompt efficiency”, “without delay”, “a holy haste or zeal”. All of this requires self-discipline and vigilance as to the condition of the flock.
Partnering With Others
Paul’s description of the Gift of Leading seems most likely to refer to those who hold (l Thess 5:12) or aspire to (l Tim 3:1) the office of Elder. However, this Motivational Gift functions in partnership with many of the other Ministry Gifts -such as apostle, prophet, pastor and teacher.