Romans 12:3-8 describes gifts given by God as Father. These gifts seem to be inherent tendencies that characterize a person. They are a result of the Creator’s unique workmanship and have to do with a believer’s identity and destiny. As stated in part one, few people are fully described by only one. But even though a mix may be found, there will usually be a dominant trait.
Are you anxious to please? Do you see the importance of individuals? ARe you a great networker, and one who dives into relationships?
Do you have difficulty taking criticism yet are your own worst critic?
Are you known for doing things “on the fly” or “off the cuff”?
Do you have a deep conviction to raise money to help causes?
Do you have an excellent business mind and are quite concerned about other’s financial needs? Do you have a great desire to see God’s causes advanced? Are your prayers for others often for God to meet someone’s financial needs? Do you find yourself being “led” to give money or other gifts to people? You may be found giving the “big money” and having your name on a building. You are the “supplier of needs.”
Do you enjoy coordinating people and projects? Are you able to pull together “manpower” effectively? Do you sometimes do things quickly just to get them “out of the way” or marked off your “to do list”? Has it ever been suggested that you are insensitive to others’ personal desires if they conflict with your own?
You may be found coordinating a wedding, planning meetings, or in charge of a church dinner. You may be an office manager, project leader or pastor. You are the “organizer of the ministry.”
Do you feel the pain of others so much that it affects your mood? Are you drawn to misfits and the underdog? Are you sensitive to others’ emotions and easily go beyond sympathy to empathize with someone having a difficult time? Do you have an excellent memory for special dates and personal preferences? Do you have to guard against closing yourself off to someone you feel is insensitive? You may be found working behind the scenes of any crisis ministry, working the phones, in a nursing career or assisting in a recovery group. You are the “healer of hurting people.”
(I would like to give credit where it is due, but I have been learning about this subject matter for a few years now and can’t recall where each bit of information came from. Most, I believe, is from Rick Warren and the Saddelback church spiritual gift assessment study but I don’t know exactly which parts. I guess that is bound to happen when your motivational gift is teaching) ; )
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