MOTIVATIONAL GIFTS

(All Scriptures in NKJV, unless otherwise noted.)

 

MOTIVATION – Facilitating.

a) It meets organisational needs. “He who leads, with diligence” (Rom 12:8).

b) The ‘Organiser’. The motivation to co-ordinate the activities of others, in order to achieve common goals for the Kingdom and also to lead, organize and direct in the right tasks to achieve it. The ability to understand long-range goals and to facilitate others in the task. Peter Wagner wrote, “The gift of leadership is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to set goals, in accordance with God’s purpose for the future and to communicate these goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish these goals for the glory of God.”

2. CHARACTERISTICS

a) Leaders and organisers. They are able to lead and to co-ordinate the activities and abilities of others, tending to be quiet but firm and usually have good management ability. Completed tasks give them a special joy; but once completed, they need a new challenge.

b) Wide view. Facilitators have a broader understanding of the situation than most other people. They have the ability to see the overall picture, to clarify long range goals, to know what and who will be needed and how long it will take.

c) The strong but reluctant organiser. Sometimes they tend to stand on the side-lines, until those in charge of projects hand them over or delegate to them a well prescribed area of responsibility. If there is no other leader present, they will often automatically lead.

d) Awareness. They have an awareness of the recourses which need to be available, in order to complete a task and also have an ability to know what can or cannot be delegated to others.

e) Thick-skinned. They appear able to endure complaints, pressure, grumbling and opposition from others in order to accomplish a task.

f) Zealous. They are positive people who have a special zeal for the cause of God’s people and work. They well understand the value of time and sometimes are workaholics.

3. NEHEMIAH

* 2:1-20. He was a leader (v12) and had a special zeal for the cause of God’s people and work (v5). He could sense the overall problems, surveyed the needs and did something about it (v13, 17). He proceeded in the face of external and internal pressures (v10, 19-20).

* 3:1-6. He knew how to delegate authority.

* 4:10-14. He led without fear.

* 5:1-13. He was able to deal with problems.

* 5:14-17. He made things easy for others and would not be a burden, taking no personal remuneration for his work.

4. DANGER AREAS

* They can be manipulative and can use people.

* They can neglect to use their gifts for the benefit of others.

* They can be too concerned with the project and not with the people – with a great zeal to get the work done.

* There is sometimes a temptation to accomplish personal goals, rather than those appointed by the Lord.

* They can be work-alcoholics and sometimes they expect others to be the same.

* They have a tendency to overlook major character faults, because a person may be useful.

* They tend not to like to spend time explaining details, or the reason why something should be done. This may cause some workers or colleagues to feel neglected.

5. SOME ADVICE

a) To others and pastors. Employ the gift for the body. Encourage the Facilitators to be involved in the practical areas of the church. Do not feel inadequate yourself, because of his leadership and organisational abilities.

b) To Facilitators. Lead with diligence. Be aware of people and their needs, not just the project in hand. Be willing to spend time in explaining the reason something needs doing. Be willing to take advice from your peers. Take time off sometimes!

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm and carry them in His bosom and gently lead those who are with young” and “Obey those who rule over you and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.” (Isa 40:11. Heb 13:17).

 

MOTIVATION – Contributing.

a) It meets supportive needs. “He who gives, with liberality” (Rom 12:8).

b) The ‘Giver’. The motivation to see the needs of the work of God met and the ministry of others go forward and succeed, either emotionally or materially. It is the ability to handle and give assets and to be supportive of other people and projects. The desire to give stems from the very core of their personalities and is not limited to finances. Many are blessed through their generosity.

2. CHARACTERISTICS.

a) Finances. They have a wisdom and ability to acquire, handle and then distribute assets and know the value of things. They will not spend money wastefully.

b) Encouragement to others. They are able to stir up and encourage others to contribute to needs of many kinds and sometimes they will attempt to use their own giving to motivate others to give.

c) Spend little on themselves, but generous with others. They tend to go out of their way to save money in bargain hunting for their own needs, but any gift they purchase for someone else must be of the highest quality, regardless of cost.

d) Careful to whom they give. Contributors are not gullible, and similar to ‘mercy people’, they close their hearts to those who are insincere. They have a special insight about when and to whom they should give. They tend not to respond to ‘high pressure appeals’, preferring to give quietly and prayerfully to specific projects or people and find pleasure in doing so (without any pressure).

e) Big givers. They tend to give liberally and compassionately and are often willing to part with whatever they have.

f) Leadership. They are often bubbly, joyful people with leadership potential and are generally good organisers.

3. ABRAHAM – GENESIS

* 13:1-11. He readily allowedLotto choose the best land (v9-11).

* 14:14-24. Later he readily rescued him and his goods from capture (v14-16). He had great assets and had no trouble with the concept of tithing (v20). He discerned a wrong source and would not receive personally any gifts from the King of Sodom, “lest you should say, I have made Abraham rich” (v23). He was, however, willing for his helpers to take their share (v24).

* 22:1-3. Without a great fuss, he was prepared to sacrifice even his own son, because he believed that God required it of him.

* 23:14-18. He was concerned that he purchased the right plot of land, at the right price for his wife’s burial.

* 24:1, 10. He gladly gave of his own riches for the benefit of his son, Isaac.

* 24:35. As he was generous to others, so God was generous to him.

4. DANGER AREAS

* Restlessness. They need to be occupied or they can become restless.

* Underneath their enthusiasm, may exist a lot of self doubt.

* Givers often find it difficult to receive from others, i.e. affection, money, advice or compliments.

* Beware the danger of subtly controlling those to whom you give.

* Beware of the temptation sometimes to give, with a view to buying friendship and affection or a desire to receive something back in return (Mt 6:3-4).

5. SOME ADVICE

a) To others and pastors. Do not put pressure on any ‘Contributors’. Gently encourage them in their gifting and rely on them to hear God’s direction for their giving. Thank God for them and also thank them sometimes!

b) To Contributors. Remember to give with liberality, with simplicity and in secret. Do not give in to manipulation, self doubt or negativism.

“Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” and “now brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability … but they gave themselves first to the Lord … ” (Lk 6:38. II Cor 8:1-5)

MOTIVATION – Exhortation.

a) It meets personal needs. “He who exhorts, in exhortation” (Rom 12:8).

b) The ‘Life-lover’. The motivation to stimulate faith and the spiritual growth of others. One who encourages personal progress and growth in all areas of life, both practical and spiritual and to meet the experiences of life.

2. CHARACTERISTICS

a) Experience. They tend to love life and a desire to have ‘personal experiences’, rather than to rely on what others have done. They need to ‘experience themselves’ before they feel free to be fully involved or to recommend others to be involved. Life illustrations are very meaningful to them, as well as insights from human experience, which can be related to Scripture.

b) Optimistic. Their attitude is generally positive and optimistic, thinking the best of everything.

c) Casual in outlook. Exhorters tend not to be given to self-examination or introspection. They usually have a casualness, which allows them to remain self-accepting, even under great stress.

d) Maturity through trials. They have the ability to see how various trials can be used by the Holy Spirit to produce new levels of maturity in people and enjoy being able to share the results of new insights and experiences from trials.

e) Needs attention. They require the full attention of their listeners, whether in groups or individually.

f) Importance of the ‘will’. They will often resolve personal problems by taking control of their own will and will encourage others to do the same.

g) Ordered ‘steps of action’. They have a desire to visualise or plan specific goals, then to recommend precise steps of action to achieve results. They tend to think of themselves as very well organised and practical and can be grieved, when their teaching or advice is not heeded.

3. BARNABAS. ACTS 4:36-37. 9:26-27. 11:22-26. 12:25-13:3. 14:19-22. 15:37-39.

* 4:36, 11:23. He was called the “Son of Encouragement” and was always encouraging the believers.

* 9:27. He encouraged the apostles inJerusalemto accept Paul after his conversion.

* 11:25. He encouraged Paul to leaveTarsusand to join him in ministry atAntioch, thereby enlarging Paul’s ministry.

* 15:39.Col4:10. II Tim 4:11. He continued to encourage John Mark, so that eventually even Paul valued his ministry and company.

* 11:23. In his preaching he appealed to the will (i.e. “with purpose of heart”) and always aimed for growth and successful living for believers.

* 14:22. He taught with Paul that difficulties bring us closer to God, “We must go through many hardships to enter thekingdomofGod” (NIV).

4. DANGER AREAS.

* If there is too much of an emphasis on ordered ‘steps of action’ to see a task accomplished, it can over simplify a problem.

* Exhorters can be exploited and prevailed upon to spend too much time with those who are not serious in spiritual matters.

* Due to their desire for things to be ‘comfortable’ (non threatening) where possible, there is a danger that people feel too much at ease at the expense of the truth.

* They tend not to be introspective, thus missing things in their own lives.

* Because of this emphasis on experience, they tend to live life to the full and in ‘the now’ without thought of consequences.

* The need for personal experience can rob them of faith to believe without experience (Jn 20:29).

5. SOME ADVICE

a) To others and pastors. It is good to affirm and to positively encourage the mature exhorters in your church, so that they are released to encourage, exhort and counsel the people.

b) To Exhorters. “Let him who exhorts give himself to exhorting”. Keep at it, even though at times you feel that you are the person needing encouragement!

“Everyone helped his neighbour, and said to his brother, ‘be of good courage’. So the craftsman encouraged the goldsmith; he who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil” and “exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today’, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Isa 41:6-7. Heb 3:13

DEEPER RIVERS FLOW IN MAJESTIC SILENCE!

**Interesting Story about humility. Please read.***

We had not seen each other for about 30 years. The Lord has been kind to me. When I saw him again – this time at a hotel lobby – he was looking simple. He wore simple Ankara attire. I felt touched. He walked up to me and was glad to see me again. But deep within me I was not impressed with his status compared to mine and poor me, I couldn’t hide it. We exchanged contact details and I could see the joy in him as he collected mine.

I told him I will drop him home in my brand new Range Rover and I pointed it to him. He declined and said he had already called for his car. It looked old, a 2001 Honda Accord.

I invited him the next day for lunch at my house. A part of me wanted to impress him – To show off my success and affluence to him, while another was to discuss opportunities and possibly help him.

He drove to Parkview where I lived. He looked impressed with my home. I had taken a heavy mortgage. In fact I was heavily in debt. We had lunch. He told me he was into small business and particularly real estate. I brought up more business discussions, but he didn’t sound too interested. I asked him how I could help him. He said he was fine. I even told him if he was interested, I could help him secure some loans… He looked at me and smiled.

He told me he would invite me over soon to his place. His old car came for him. I was grateful to God for what I had. “Fingers are not all equal”, I thought to myself…I was lucky. I worked in a good place.

Two weeks later, we went to see him in Ikeja. My wife and I. She was reluctant to go because she was not impressed with the man’s status as to warrant our visiting him in his house. I was able to convince her that we were close friends in college. We saw the Estate. *Wuraola Estate.* We asked for directions to his home. Those leading us spoke his name with deference.

It was a simple but lovely home. A 4 bedroom bungalow. I saw 4 cars parked in front. We entered his home. It was simply elegant with a touch of class inside. He welcomed us warmly.

Lunch was well served. His wife called him Baba Wuraola

During lunch, he asked about my MD. He said they were friends. I saw a company gift on one of his tables nearby. That company owned about 38% shares where I worked. I enquired from him about it. He smiled. He told me he owned the company. He also owned the estate.

I did not know when I called him sir… I was in awe of him too.

I had learnt a lesson in humility – A big one. Appearances are deceptive. He noticed my discomfort.

Driving back home, I was very quiet. My wife was humbled and extremely calm. I could perceive the thoughts in her mind. I looked at myself. Living on loans, heavy loans and showing off while someone who pays my salary is quite modest and living a simple life!

Indeed Deeper Rivers Flow In Majestic Silence.

May the Lord help us to be of unprejudiced mindset, allowing humility to cloth our perceptions! Humble yourself and God will exalt you 1Peter 5:6.#

FAILURE OF SUCCESS
(Be Careful If You’re Successful)

Success have failed more people than politicians. Success have killed more people than the gun. Success have ruined more people than failure. Success is not just a blessing, it is also a test. After a great victory you can become a great victim. After you conquer, you can be conquered. The higher you rise, the more humbly you should walk—because if you fall, greater would be your fall.

“Alexander the Great” became “Alexander the Late” because of success—his mighty conquest gave him too much to eat and to drink. He died early because of drinking wine in excess (Plutarch’s & Diodorus’ accounts). “Nebuchadnezzar the Best King” became “Nebuchadnezzar the Beast King” because of success—renowned for being the best in terms of wealth and subjects, he became too proud till God turned him into a beast (Dan. 4:33). “Goliath the Giant Slayer” became “Goliath the Giant Slayed” because of success—hailed as the champion of war, he underestimated his opponent till he was knocked to the ground by a stone (1 Sam. 17).

Success breeds pride, over-confidence, and arrogance. It has the power of making you forget where “success” came from—God. It can lead you to oppress people, suppress people, and transgress the law. Success can make a child forget his parents, a husband divorce his wife, a leader undermine his followers, and a friend to neglect his friend. Handle success like an egg, knowing it can break at anytime. The more successful you become, the more careful you should be. Why do you think Jesus said; “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person [someone reputable for his success] to enter the Kingdom of God!”? (Matt. 19:24). “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). God loves you

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.

Chorus:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.

Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

Lyrics: Fanny Jane Crosby (1820-1915), Music: William Howard Doane (1832-1915)