As It Has Pleased Him – Introducing Spiritual Gifts

“As It Has Pleased Him” (1 Cor. 12:1-31); Introducing Spiritual Gifts from the Gifted For Ministry Series – Dr. Bobby Mullins

1 COR. 12:1-27; 1 PETER 4:10; ROM. 12:3-8

A spiritual gift is a grace gift from God, manifested by the Holy Spirit, which is exemplified and expressed by what motivates us to do God’s will in ministering to one another for the common good (“to profit withal” – 1 Cor. 12:7), that each of us might fulfill God’s will for our life in order to help achieve His ultimate will for all mankind. Every Christian has a spiritual gift. Notice that the word gift in 1 Peter 4:10 and Eph. 4:7 is singular in number. Your gift is activated at the moment you are saved, when the Holy Spirit unites with your spirit (Rom. 8:16-17). As we have natural abilities when we are born, when we are born again spiritually, God takes our natural and unnatural abilities, and He turns them into means by which He can work through us divinely, providentially, and supernaturally. Each Christian receives one major motivational gift (1 Peter 4:10). Paul told Timothy to “Neglect not the gift (charisma) that is in thee” (1 Tim. 4:14). You have one major motivational gift, but there are multiple ways to express it. We receive only one main spiritual gift so we can nurture and develop it by concentrating on it (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Tim. 4:14) and so we can see our need and dependency for each other (Rom. 12:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:14-27).


GIFTS (1 Cor. 12:4) – The word used in 1 Cor. 12:4 and 1 Peter 4:10 for gift actually means grace gift. You have one grace gift, and you are motivated to do it by God giving you the desire and power to do His will (Phil. 2:13).

ADMINISTRATIONS (1 Cor. 12:5) – The word translated administration in 1 Cor. 12:5, and as minister in 1 Peter 4:10, is the word from which we get our English word deacon. Your grace gift is to be a serving gift. It finds its meaningful expression and fulfillment in the ministries and outreach of the local church.

OPERATIONS (1 Cor. 12:6) – The word translated operation is where we get our word energy. The word manifestation in v. 7 means to “show, make clear.” As you use your grace gift through service (ministry) in a local church, the effect (operation) of it is seen (manifested) in the response of others to it. It is our responsibility to develop our motivational gift. It is the church’s responsibility to provide ministries and to confirm ministry gifts. The Holy Spirit will manifest Himself through our gift to reward the use of the gifts for the profit of all.


MOTIVATIONAL Gifts are listed in Rom. 12:3-9.

MINISTRY Gifts are listed in 1 Cor. 12:27-31.

MANIFESTATION Gifts are listed in 1 Cor. 12:7-11.

You have one major motivational spiritual gift from God, but there are many areas of ministry through which to use your gift. There are also many positive effects (manifestations) resulting from the use of your spiritual gift, especially as you serve the Lord through a local church. As you are to develop characteristics of all the gifts, Jesus in you always equips you for the moment with whatever gift is needed at the time. But you will tend to see things and people from a different perspective, depending on your motivational gift. God has given us different gifts, as it hath pleased Him, in order for us to serve one another. It is also a system of checks and balances in the body of believers.

The motivational gifts are grace gifts from God. Your main motivational spiritual gift is your special gift of blessing. Although you will receive personal blessings from the proper use of your gift, as you give away your gift to others from your exercise of it, your special gift of blessing becomes a channel of blessing to others whom your life touches.


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