MOTIVATIONAL GIFTING - GIVER
- Spiritual need to give to others.
- To entrust personal assets to others for the furtherance of their ministry - time, money, and possessions to advanced the work of the Lord.
- Laying down financially of his life for others.
- A giver must: (Rom. 12:13)
- Give freely to the total needs of fellow saints.
- Take a genuine interest in the needs of strangers - given to hospitality.
- Giver motive weaknesses:
- Greatest weakness - manipulation.
- Needs to fear the Lord to undo manipulation.
- Needs to understand God's ownership - freedom to respond to God's direction.
- Tends to have trouble gaining freedom from a temporal value system.
- Likes to give secretly - wants recipient to look to the Lord for provision.
- Knows that future rewards are better than present praise.
- May be an intercessor because can do things in secret.
- Sensitive to needs generally overlooked by others.
- Wants ministry of others to be as effective as possible.
- Does not need pressure appeals to give.
- Needs to obey instantly the Holy Spirit to see joy of God providing when needed through him.
- Joyful when his gift is the specific answer to receiver's prayer.
- Needs confirmation from partner for amount to give.
- Ultimate joy and confirmation if his gift fulfilled an unknown need.
- His gift must be the best he can give and of good quality - wants gift to last.
- Likes to feel apart of the ministries and lives of the people that he shares with.
- First gives himself then gives his gift to God.
- Ability to gain assets through wise purchases and investments.
- Ability to see resources - exercise personal thriftiness - look for the best buys.
- Testifies of his giving and blessings from giving to motivate others to give.
- Encourages others to give - experience joy and spiritual growth through sacrificial giving.
- Ability to make quick decisions regarding the immediate needs of others.
- Concern that giving can corrupt.
- Understands destructiveness of 'love of money'.
- Looks for ways of giving that avoid dependency, slothfulness, or extravagance.
- Dangers and misunderstandings:
- Overlooks long range goals in meeting immediate needs.
- May attempt to control receivers of his gift.
- Being proud of his giving.
- Can cause people to look to him not to God if he shares amounts that he gives.
- Must focus on people's needs not project or can build a memorial to his giving.
- Measuring another's spiritual growth by their financial success or lack.
- May force receivers to be dissatisfied with their own possessions because of the quality of his giving.
- Can have a 'temporal value' attitude from dealing with large amounts of money.
- Can hoard resources for self.
- May feel guilty about own personal assets - needs Lord's assurance that he is in God's will financially.
- Not responding to pressure appeals may appear as a lack of giving.
- Pressuring others to give appears as lack of own responsibility to give.
- Can so react to pressure appeals that can miss needs and opportunity to counsel on finances.
- May appear to be cheap with family and friends - selfish and tight with money.
- Needs to have same care, concern, delight in meeting family's needs.
- Discerning Spiritual Gifts, Institute In Basic Youth Conflicts
- Seven Gifts To Success, tapes, Marilyn Hickey
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