Archive for September 2016

Motivational Gift of Leadership

September 24, 2016

Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

A leader is someone who God inspires with ideas and plans and other people agree to follow him or her. God gives leaders the ability to see potential in people and situations. They are visionary in terms of seeing what could be. They think of possibilities and usually can see people’s talents and gifts. They seem to know what should be done, are able to plan and organize people and resources for the purposes of God to be fulfilled. Because of them, ministries are started; churches are built; outreaches are formed; the gospel is spread throughout the earth.

A leader can see strengths in others and usually help others develop their spiritual gifts because of it. The leader will encourage the sheep to use their gifts and talents. A true leader cares for the people with him or her as a shepherd does for the sheep. A true leader never exploits the gifts of someone. Caring deeply about your people is an important aspect of leadership. A true leader is always ready to release trained people into ministry, train new people and do new projects for God’s glory.

Leaders may be Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers. God uses them within the body of Christ. Servants who are faithful in ministry usually are appointed leadership roles. God has special words for those in leadership. He holds them to a higher standard because they are examples to the sheep.

Acts 20:

28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to the entire flock, over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

1 Peter 5:

2 Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, take care of them, not by constraint, but willingly, not for dishonest gain, but eagerly. 3 Do not lord over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will not fade away.

 

Should you be in some type of leadership role, pray over yourself that God would direct you, use you and help you to serve by connecting people with purpose. Read 1 Timothy 3: 1-4 concerning the standards of leaders.

 

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Motivational Gift of Giving

September 10, 2016

Romans 12: 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

The gift of giving  is a strong drive to give finances or possessions or services to further the gospel. Givers often have an ability to gather finances for the purposes of the gospel. Teens or those in school may have the motivation of giving but not have the full expression of it until they have careers or regular financial income. The giver sometimes gets supernatural provision for the giving. They may be radical or extravagant in their giving as they are lead by the Holy Spirit.

I have known people who have given their homes to finance the gospel. Some people give cars or services. Some take a second job so they can give more to the gospel. The giver knows he or she is doing God’s will by financing the gospel. Christians are the only ones who will give to the furtherance of the gospel. Jesus commanded us to preach Christ to all people groups all over the earth.

Mark 16:

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved. But he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

There are some who give their lives as missionaries; there are some who do short term missions. There are also Givers who help to send others who preach Christ to effectively do it. Rarely are there multimillion dollar missionaries who can finance themselves. Truly there is much to bring to all types of people groups. The gospel being preached is important. Those who respond should receive Bibles. We should build churches for them to gather in. Some need education and training to get them out of a life of poverty. Some require other types of practical things that cost money.

Missionaries see the reality of the people’s everyday life and those who want to make a difference provide more than evangelism. Evangelism is necessary and important. But Jesus cares for the individuals as well as the crowds. If the Church of Jesus Christ in North America would give financially faithfully to the gospel – more people could be saved, healed, trained, educated and discipled so they can improve their society.

The giver’s Drive for the gospel is so strong, it is one of the first things he or she thinks of when meeting a new person ” What can I give?” It is God’s way of providing for things, materials, buildings etc for the work of missions.

Givers might also be very generous within the local church and within their sphere of influence. The giver is blessed with the finances or the faith for God to release the finances so that there is always more than enough and extra to sow into someone’s life. Pray that God may entrust to you things of the earth so that you might give to the gospel. Be faithful to give cheerfully in simplicity that Christ might be glorified. Even if all of us only gave the cost of a meal, we could impact nations. Givers pray that God will give them finances, resources, buildings, transportation, land, resources of all types so they can reach people with the Gospel. God uses them because He knows they will give to the Gospel.