Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
(Rom 12:6-8 ESV)
This study is not meant to be comprehensive. 7 gifts are presented in Romans 12. These are the motivational gifts, meaning that these gifts are what motivates us in our life with Christ. It is my opinion, that each Christian only has one of these gifts. My understanding of the gifts are limited, in that, I only have one. You may feel you relate to some of the other gifts, but only one will be the gift that drives your heart. In Romans 12:9-15, Paul gives advice to the people who have each gift. You don’t get to pick your gift. God has already given it to you when you were created anew in Christ. In order to discover your gift you may have to pray and do some self-evaluation. Your gift may even be shrouded in darkness, if you are not walking with God.
- Driven to reveal sin.
- Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. (Rom 12:9 ESV)
- These Christians are often not well-received because they bring the evil deeds to light. It is easy for them to forget to love the people, whose evil deeds they bring to light.
- Driven to serve others.
- Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. (Rom 12:10 ESV)
- These Christians don’t want to be the leader. They want to help others with whatever needs to be done. They are encouraged to serve with brotherly affection and outdo each other in showing people honor.
- Driven to deep study for the purpose of teaching.
- Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (Rom 12:11 ESV)
- These Christians study a lot, so that they can teach others what they learn. They must be passionate in their studies and teaching. Also, they must remember their teaching is for the Lord, not themselves.
- Driven to encourage others to grow spiritually.
- Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Rom 12:12 ESV)
- These Christians want to see others grow spiritually. Since, not all the other gifts are so driven to grow spiritually, these Christians must have hope, patience, and pray constantly for the spiritual growth of others.
- Driven to give.
- Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Rom 12:13 ESV)
- These Christians want to give as much as they can to others. They find great satisfaction in giving. They should direct their giving primarily to the saints and try to show hospitality.
- Driven to organize and administrate.
- Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. (Rom 12:14 ESV)
- These Christians are driven to organize the Body of Christ, so that it can act together. They may organize the people necessary to assist a Christian in the hospital. These Christians can have a hard time, because other people want to do things their own way. These Christians should remember to bless those who are mean to them.
- Driven to show empathy.
- Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (Rom 12:15 ESV)
- These Christians want to cry with you, when you cry. They want to laugh with you, when you laugh. They can experience the emotions of people around them and therefore, relate to that person in a special way.
Then, Paul gives direction to all the Christians:
Live in harmony with one another.
(Rom 12:16 ESV)
Each of these spiritual gifts reveal to us a piece of Jesus Christ. We must understand that each Christian has been uniquely created in Christ. We are each driven in a unique way to perform the good works that God has prepared for us. Your way of living the life of Christ may not be the only way.