Summary: Learn where you fit in
Title: “Where Do You Fit In”?
Text: Romans 12:3-6
Paul said, “It isn’t good for anyone to think of himself more highly than he needs to because everyone is important in the body of Christ.” Every member has a purpose.
Over the last several weeks, we have looked at several different Motivational Gifts;
1. The Prophetic Insight Person.
-They are very straightforward.
-They see past our Masks.
-They are Black & White People.
-They care enough to confront us.
-John the Baptist was this type of Person.
2. The Server.
-They show their love through Serving.
-They see things that need to be done.
-If you want a job done, ask a Server.
-True Servers have no desire to Rule.
-Martha is a perfect example of a Server.
3. The Teacher.
-They get a lot of joy in Research.
-They tend to think their gift is Fundamental.
-They need to validate the Truth.
-They won’t receive teaching from anyone.
-Apollos is an excellent example of a Teacher.
I believe that the Motivational Gift is different than a Talent or Natural Ability. I believe that it is something that God places within you when you are Born-Again. God places these Gifts within you, so you can be a Blessing to the Body of Christ.
-The Body of Christ needs you.
-You need the Body of Christ.
-Every person has a Purpose.
-If you don’t use your gift, it affects the Body.
The Devil wants to make you feel insignificant. Several years ago, we had a very small part on our car that quit working. It was just a small part, but we sure missed it because it was the thermostat to the Heater & it was the middle of winter.
-The car still ran.
-We could get to where we were going.
-But it was so cold.
-You are just like that small, unseen part.
I am so glad that we aren’t all alike in the Body of Christ. Maybe you aren’t like me, & I’m not like you, but that isn’t bad, it’s good. We need to learn to appreciate one another.
-You’ll never be Sister ___________.
-You’ll never be Brother __________.
-Quit trying to wear Saul’s Armor.
-Relax & just be you.
-And let me be I.
Remember I told you that the most natural person, is the most Spiritual Person. Tonight, we are going to be looking at another gift that God placed within the Body.
Exhorter- It is the God-given ability to
Comfort & Encourage People.
Exhorters are Encouragers. They have something that God has placed inside of them that sees the best in people. Exhortation is a strong Life related Gift. It centers on people.
-Teachers cause us to say, “I see that”.
-Exhorters cause us to say, “I can do that”.
-We need them both.
Do you remember when you got saved & there was someone there to Encourage you? An Exhorter wants you to become everything that God called you to be. They want your life to count.
I. The Biblical Profile of an Exhorter.
1. They want you to live a life that pleases God.
“Finally, dear brothers & sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to Live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, & we encourage you to do so more & more.”
2. The Exhorter gets involved with your Life.
“You yourself are our witnesses- and so is God- that we were pure & honest & faultless toward all of you believers.
“And you know that we treated each of you as a Father treats his own children.
“We pleaded with you, encouraged you, & urged you to live you lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For He called you into the Kingdom to share His Glory.”
-They are open & honest with you.
-They call & check on you.
-They encourage you to live a godly life.
-They know God has a plan for you.
-They don’t want to see you fall through the cracks.
-They are willing to go the extra mile.
3. The Exhorter Loves People & he Encourages
You to Love Others.
-He has a lot of love for people.
-They want to see people walk in Love.
-They want you to see the good in people.
-He wants you to Love & Respect one another.
1 Thessalonians 4: 9-10
“But I don’t need to write you about Christian Love that should be shown among God’s People. For God Himself has taught you to love one another.
“Indeed, your love is already strong toward all the Christians in all of Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers & sisters, we beg you to love them more & more.”