BOOK: The Ministry Gifts
Chapter 3: Motivational Gifts


God the Father gives to a believer at the time of re-birth (i.e., receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior) one or more of the seven motivation gifts.
Rom 12:3-8
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
While a believer may operate or work at some level any or all of these seven areas, at least one or more of these gifts will bring great satisfaction when it is done.  By being satisfied or happy or feeling fulfilled, the believer will return again and again to be active in that area.  That is, the satisfaction motives the believer to be involved in the work of the Kingdom.  

This is why it is very important to teach believers about the motivational gifts, have them take a survey to identify their gifting(s), and make room for them to work their gifting(s) in the church and Kingdom... so that they will be happy, fulfilled and productive.  Otherwise, they will be bored, unhappy, frustrated and much less fruitful in the Kingdom. 


In example, a believer may be strongly motivated to teach or share godly principles with people, but may not be very strongly motivated to serve.  The believer could work in the kitchen, or cutting the grass, and would probably do so if asked, but would not find strong satisfaction from doing those activities directly.  The believer would be found talking the word as he did the work, because that is his motivation.

A young christian may find they have low scores on the attached survey.  This is simply because they are young in their love walk (still focused on "me" and "mine").  But as they get older in the Lord, their scores will usually increase.  However, there should always be one gift that stands out from the rest in the scores, showing their gifting. 

Sometimes there are clusters of strong and/or weak scores.  If there is a strong cluster, it shows that the person has more than one motivational gifting.  If there are several gifts cluster on the low scores, it is not an area of concern, and my be offset by a very high score on a single strong motivational score.  These different clusters help give uniqueness to us as individuals, mixed with our other giftings and experience.

It is not only important to know our strong motivations, but also our weak areas.  We must continue to develop ourselves (working with the Holy Spirit and the Word) into the fullness of Jesus Christ.  That means we need to understand the weak as well as the strong motivational areas.  I am not saying to over emphasize the weak, or be over attentive to the weak motivations, but rather not to use the strong motivations as an excuse not to do something because I am not "motivated" in that area. 

NOTE: Please see under Schools, in the Foundation section, the Motivation Class teaching notes and survey.