"He who exhorts, in exhortation..."
Text: Romans 12:8
GIFTS ASSOCIATED WITH CHURCH OFFICES
Some gifts are specifically identified, especially the one associated with office-bearers of the Church (Cf. Ephesians 4:12). With the calling to sacred office, the spiritual gifts are given to enhance ministry!
GIFTS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH SPECIFIC CHURCH OFFICES
Paul made a list of gifts that are not directly linked to any specific offices.
“He who exhorts, in exhortation;
he who gives, with liberality;
he who leads, with diligence;
he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
This short list of spiritual gifts must also be given due consideration!
1. He who exhorts
a) A mature believer who has a strong and positive disposition may have this ministry of
b) Exhortation is a gift that enables one to lift up the heart of brother who may be disheartened by life (Cf. Galatians 6:1-2)
2. He who gives
a) Some are more blessed with financial success
b) Those who are able to give substantially are urged to give liberally (Cf. 2 Corinthians 9)
3. He who leads
a) Leadership may or may not be fulfilled in a specific office.
b) He who leads must ever lead with a great sense of diligence.
4. He who shows mercy
a) This person is likely to be in a position of some authority.
b) He is urged to discharge his duties with cheerfulness.
God has given all His children one gift or another. Let us seek to utilize with a great sense of responsibility and joy.