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Babies are born with God given talents and motivational giftings
Motivational gifts are talents and temperaments that one is born with that shape one’s character and abilities.

Romans 12:3-8

3 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.

4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

8 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. (KJV)


The Motivational Gifts are temperaments that people are born with, and are characteristics of their personality.

There are seven “motivational” gifts (gifts of grace) listed here in Romans 12. There are 4 verbal gifts. These are people who tend to be very good at talking with others and have the ability to lead through communication with others. There are four of these: Prophet, Teacher, Exhorter & Administrator. There are 3 non-verbal gifts: Servants, Givers & Mercy.

A. The Greek word “charisma” means “a gift”. The Greek word  “Charis” means “grace”, and the word  “Chairo” means joy“. So “Chairo” is the root word from which “Charisma” and “Charis” come.

B. God gives to every man “a measure of faith”. (Vs. 3)

  1. This refers to our “capacity to believe”, or as He puts it in Matthew (the servants given talents) “according to his several ability”. (Matt. 25:14,15)
  2. The Greek word translated “measure” is “metron” from which our word “metric” comes, and it means ” limited amount.
  3. We are all born with faith.
    • Example – a child will believe anything you tell him.
    • When a child stops believing is when he does wrong and knows it and does not make it right, rather justifies himself in his actions.

C. When we come to Christ and make Him the Lord of our lives, this “capacity to believe” – this “measure of faith” begins to be exercised, but we cannot change what God made us, or what God gave us – why? Because it is a gift of grace (undeserved favor) – we had nothing to do with it. (Vs. 6-8) (Vs. 3)

  1. But we can exercise it to the best of our ability and God will say to us, “Well done, good…” (Matt. 5:21,23), or we can be like the slothful servant and hear the words, “Thou wicked and slothful…” (Matt. 25:26-30)

D. We’re not to “reply against God” for making us as we are, but we are to learn how to operate in our “motivation” according to wisdom. (Rom. 9:20) (II Tim. 2:20,21) (I Pet. 4:10)

E. We have each been given a gift (an ability) of grace, a measure of faith (a capacity to believe), and we have only one dominate motivational gift, however, we may function in all areas of ministry as God directs.

  1. You will fit more neatly into one of these categories than you will fit into the others.

F. As we talk about the seven motivational gifts, I want you to measure yourself, analyze yourself to see which one you best fit into.

G. These do not necessarily mean that this is your only function in the church. For example – you could have prophet motivational gift and teach also, but not be a teacher!

H. The final test of your motivational gift will be joy.


The prophetic temperament is not the same as the function of a Prophet, neither is it the same as speaking prophetically. It is the personality of the prophet who sees right and wrong in life. In the Old Testament the prophet spoke both judgment and encouragement.

17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim. (I King 18:17-18< KJV)

In the New Testament since all believers can hear God, prophets tend to confirm what the Lord has already spoken to the believer’s heart.

Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: (2 Cor 10:1 KJV)

Body Function: Few professional clergy congregations still have the office of the prophet. More commonly the prophetic temperament is seen in the pulpit as a Pastor, or in Sunday School as Teacher, or on a Church Board as an Administrator, but can be experienced by fellow members of the body as the fellowship allows the Spirit to lead.

Spiritual Gift: In Pentecostal congregations prophetic temperaments can use all the spiritual gifts, but commonly will use prophecy, spiritual discernment, words of knowledge or words of wisdom, and interpretation of tongues. All believers should speak in diverse tongues for self edification and faith.

Additional Motivational Gifts: It would be beneficial to the prophetic temperament to also have gifts of exhortation and mercy.

For the Characteristics of a Prophet, go here.


It is the temperament of wanting to help and meet needs that are not being met. Those with the gift of service will volunteer before being asked and do the extra work that no one asked for.

2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. (Acts 6:2-3 KJV)

Body Function: Servants are commonly seen in clergy congregations as Deacons, Ushers, Hospitality Greeters, Cooks, and Craftsmen that meet needs in the church.

Spiritual Gifts: Servants need the gift of faith to get the work done. All believers should speak in diverse tongues for self edification and faith.

Additional Motivational Gifts: It is beneficial to the servant to also have the gifts of administration and giving for accomplishing the tasks before them.

For the Characteristics of a Servant, go here.


Teachers love to study and do research. Teachers also love to share knowledge and to explain things. As Christians they love to study the Bible and understand biblical truths. Teaching is not the same as preaching. Teaching brings understanding, preaching brings exhortation to action.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Acts 17:11 KJV)

Body Function: Teachers are in the pulpit, Sunday School class, and in many other positions of leadership.

Spiritual Gift: Spiritual gifts are given to confirm the Word of God. Therefore, all teachers would benefit in the use of all the spiritual gifts to confirm their teaching of the Word. Regrettably, this is rarely seen. At least they would benefit in their teaching if they had the gift of discernment and prophecy in order to teach what the Lord wants taught. All ministers of the Gospel need to speak in diverse tongues for self edification and faith.

Additional Motivational Gifts: In teaching, the gift of exhortation is beneficial so it is not just information, but encouragement to do the Word of God.

For the Characteristics of a Teacher, go here.

Exhortation [ Encouragement]

It is the disposition of exhorters to stand beside those in need and bring comfort, counsel and encouragement so they feel helped. Exhorters do not condemn and are sensitive to the feelings of others.

23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.
(Acts 11:23-24 KJV)

Body Function: Apostles, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers and Counselors need the gift of exhortation.

Spiritual Gift: Any sharing of the Word of God should be accompanied by spiritual gifts to confirm the Word spoken. So all who exhort in the Word should have all the spiritual gifts.

Additional Motivational Gifts: Exhortation works well with prophecy, teaching and administration.

For the Characteristics of an Exhorter, go here.


It is the natural tendency of givers to offer their material blessings for the work of the church with exceptional willingness, cheerfulness and liberality.

1 Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; 2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 3 For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; 4 Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. 5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. (2 Cor 8:1-5 KJV)

Body Function: If the church has a Benevolence Office. This gift works well in association with other offices. Missions, Hospitality, etc, can use one motivated in giving to spur others to give.

Spiritual Gift: Giving is a behind the scenes gift, where the Spiritual Gifts are not directly needed. However, the gift of faith in seeing projects through would be needed.

Additional Motivational Gifts: Exhortation to encourage others to give, Mercy for a heart to care for the poor, and Administration for distributing to the necessity of the saints all help.

For the Characteristics of a Giver, go here.

Administration [Rule, Leadership]

It is the natural talent of a leader to understand the goals of a given segment of the Church’s ministry and to direct that area effectively, keeping the Church on course, and to guard against ungodly influences.

17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. …
21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
(Exod 18:17, 21-22 KJV)

Body Function: Board of Directors, Pastor, Sunday School Director and any other program that needs directing. Apostles and Missionaries in laying foundation for church.

Spiritual Gift: The gift of faith in overseeing projects, the gift of discernment in delegating responsibilities, and prophecy in hearing the Lord for the project that needs doing.

Additional Motivational Gifts: Ministry to serve the Lord and the body of Christ, Exhortation to encourage the work that needs to be done, and mercy in caring for the body of Christ. An administrator who is strong in prayer will be more effective in his or her function.

For the Characteristics of an Administrator, go here.


It is tendency of some to feel exceptional empathy and compassion for those who are suffering so that they devote large amounts of time and energy to alleviate it.

30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. …… 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.(Luke 10:30, 33-34 KJV)

Body Function: Hospital ministries, prison ministries, homeless ministries, orphanages, etc. All should have mercy as Christ has for us, but those with special empathy tend to be in para-church ministries.

Spiritual Gift: The gifts of faith, healing, miracles and discernment of spirits are needed to minister to the downtrodden.

Additional Motivational Gifts: Gifts of compassion include ministry, giving and exhortation.

For the Characteristics of Mercy, go here.

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