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Just as the early church misunderstood and misused the spiritual gifts that God extends to believers, we have seen that same contention today. They have been used to divide us when the tragedy and truth is that they are meant to encourage, support, and unite the church. The problem stems from our fallen nature filled with pride. Johnny speaks in tongues - why can't I? I'm just as important as he is! When we look at another's gift and "covet" that gift, we do so out of pride and jealousy. Indeed, there are denominations today that consider you less a Christian if you do not at least speak in tongues - a clear outward sign that you have had the baptism of the Holy Spirit (or baptism in the Holy Spirit). These phrases don't exist in the Bible, and the Holy Spirit does not baptize us. In John 1:33, John the Baptist tells us that Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. Within a church, the pressure to manifest some gift is so strong that Paul had to deal with false gifts and correct the Corinthians in the proper use of gifts.
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References
[computer software] . Franklin, TN: Equipping Ministries Foundation. (Original work published 1890)
Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.
Strong, J.
Meyers, R. (2005). e-Sword.
So are you one of those "poor souls" who haven't realized the full potential of your Christian experience by speaking in tongues? I do find it interesting that tongues seems to be the litmus test of true spirituality and not some other gift. Tongues is the easiest to counterfeit (I can baby babble and convince others that I spoke in an unknown tongue!). Yet these manifestation gifts seem to be the most coveted. These manifestation "events" are the result of exercising our God-given motivational gifts under different circumstances that God has deemed a special outcome - like healing. Let's look deeper.
God's Spiritual Gifts Motivational List in Romans 12
Manifestation gifts are different than those listed in Romans 12 which are more related to what motivates us to serve. Whereas a manifestation gift is an outward, visible exhibition or result of exercising our Romans 12 gift in certain situations at certain times. For example, God has allowed us to see some amazing healings in our church over the years, but not all the time. Healing is not considered a motivation gift, nor is it an office in the church (like teacher, prophet, preacher, etc.). When is the last time you stepped into a church and went to the healer's office? That's just an example. When we pray and anoint as instructed in James 5, many of us pray for the sick or afflicted, and our motivational or office gifts are not evident - the manifestation gift of healing is however.
Where I believe a lot of the problem of contention comes from is the manifestations we can see and hear, but motivational gifts are not so easily identified. Without having some kind of "outward" sign, we may be deceived into believing that we have no gift at all. But that is simply not true. God has given to all of us at least one motivational gift.
Praxis
:
Deed or work (Strong's G4234), translated once as office in Romans 12:4. If we
were to substitute the English word
deed
for a moment in that verse we get:
Romans 12:3-4 (emphasis added): "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 [
deed or
work
]." Let's go down the list:
Romans Gift List
Romans 12:3-8 (bold added):
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 prophecy
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 showeth
mercy
,
with cheerfulness.
The following are taken from the
e-Sword
version of Strong's Dictionary.
Prophet:
"G4394. propheteia,
prof-ay-ti'-ah
; From [
prophetes
] G4396 ("prophecy");
prediction
(scriptural or other):--prophecy, prophesying." "G4396. prophetes,
prof-ay'-tace
; From a compound of [
pro
] G4253 and [
phemi
] G5346; a
foreteller
("prophet"); by analogy an
inspired speaker
; by extention a
poet
:--prophet." "G4253.
pro,
pro
; A primary preposition; "fore", that is,
in front of
(figuratively
superior
to . . . above, ago, before, or ever. In compounds it retains the same significations." "G5346. phemi,
fay-mee'
; to
show
or
make known
one's thoughts, that is,
speak
or
say
."
To declare the thoughts of God to men. To reveal hidden truths. To
declare the truth of God to man. In some cases to foretell the future because God has revealed the future to the prophet first.
Ministry:
"G1248. diakonia,
dee-ak-on-ee'-ah
; From [
diakonos
] G1249;
attendance
(as a servant, etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary)
aid
, (official)
service
the Christian teacher, or technically of the
diaconate
):--(ad-) minister (-ing, -tration,
 -try), office, relief, service (-ing)." "G1249. diakonos,
dee-ak'-on-os
. . . diako (. . . to
run
on errands; . . . an
attendant
, that is, (generally) a
waiter
table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian
teacher
and
pastor
(technically a
deacon
or
deaconess
):--deacon, minister, servant."
To minister,
attend, and aid others. To serve others in a ministry capacity as in a deacon or deaconess. But not all service requires an office like a deacon/deaconess - ministering and serving may be what some folks do as a matter of course in serving the Lord - often in the background.
Teaching:
"G1321. didasko,
did-as'-ko
; A prolonged (causative) form of a primary
verb . . . dao (to
learn
); to
teach
(in the same broad application):--teach."
To
impart knowledge to others. But the act of learning that knowledge first is strongly implied.
Exhortation:
"G3870. parakaleo,
par-ak-al-eh'-o
; From [
para
] G3844 and
[
kaleo
] G2564; to call
near
, that is,
invite
,
invoke
(by
imploration
,
hortation
or
consolation
):--beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation),
intreat, pray." "G3844. para,
par-ah'
; A primary preposition; properly
near
, that is,
(with genitive case)
from beside
(literally or figuratively), (with dative case)
at
(or
in
) the
vicinity
of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the
proximity
with (local [especially
beyond
or
opposed
to] . . . above, against, among,
at, before, by, contrary to, X friend, from, + give [such things as they], +that [she] had, X his, in, more than, nigh unto, (out) of, past, save, side . . . by, in the sight of, than, [there-] fore, with . . . ." "G2564. kaleo,
kal-eh'-o
; . . . to "call" (properly aloud,
but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise):--bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-) name (was [called])."
To call another to come along side and to
encourage, urge, entreat, exhort, urge, and support another.
Giving:
"G3330. metadidomi,
met-ad-id'-o-mee
; From [
meta
] G3326 and [
]
didomi
G1325; to
give over
, that is,
share
:--give, impart." "G1325. didomi,
did'-o-mee
; A
prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternative in most of the tenses); to
give
(used in a very wide application, properly or by implication, literally
or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection):--adventure, bestow, bring forth, commit, deliver (up), give, grant, hinder, make, minister, number, offer, have power, put, receive, set, shew, smite (+ with the hand), strike (+ with the palm of the hand), suffer, take, utter, yield." "G3326. meta,
met-ah'
; A primary preposition (often used
adverbially); properly denoting
accompaniment
; "amid" (local or causal); modified
variously according to the case (genitive case
association
, or accusative case
succession
) with which it is joined . . . after (-ward),X that he again, against, among,
X and, + follow, hence, hereafter, in, of, (up-) on, + our, X and setting, since, (un-) to, + together, when, with (+ -out). Often used in composition, in substantially the same relations of
participation
or
proximity
, and
transfer
or
sequence
."
Meta
can best
be understood as "beyond". Meta-giving, then, is giving beyond that of others, sacrificial giving, or the ability to give beyond that of others. Great giving, or giving more than others can give.
Ruler:
"G4291. proistemi,
pro-is'-tay-mee
; from [
pro
] G4253 and [
histemi
] G2476;
to
stand before
, that is, (in rank) to
preside
or (by implication) to
practice
:--maintain,
be over, rule." "G4253. pro,
pro
; A primary preposition; "fore", that is,
in front of
,
prior
(figuratively
superior
) to . . . above, ago, before, or ever." "G2476. histemi,
his'-tay-mee
; A prolonged form of a primary . . . to
stand
(transitively or
intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively):--abide, appoint, bring, continue, covenant, establish, hold up, lay, present, set (up), stanch, stand (by, forth, still, up) . . . .
To stand before, preside, manage in front of, over others -
the ability to effectively see the abilities of others (and materials) and organize them so that the desired outcome can be achieved most efficiently.
Mercy:
"G1653. eleeo,
el-eh-eh'-o
; From [
eleos
] G1656; to
compassionate
(by
word or deed, specifically by divine grace):--have compassion (pity on), have (obtain, receive, shew) mercy (on)." "G1656. eleos,
el'-eh-os
; Of uncertain affinity;
compassion
(human or divine, expecially active): - (+ tender) mercy."
To have,
show, share compassion, mercy, grace on another who is in need, either divine or humans.
All of us who believe have one or more (some think only one) of these motivation or 'deed/work' gifts, and they motivate us while we are walking in the Spirit to do what God has called us to do.
)
(especially of
; Probably from
(at
,
prior