Day 5

Spiritual Gifts - Exhorting


The person with the gift of exhortation is motivated to stimulate faith and promote spiritual growth among Christians. He has a passion to see people grow to maturity and is deeply grieved over the immaturity of believers.

Exhorters are encouragers.

They have the ability to discern core, bottom line issues in life and can give guidance in solving those problems. Exhorters long to see our lives back up our confession.  They believe that the most effective witness is with our lives and that unbelievers are thus attracted to the gospel. 

An exhorter is alert to insights gained through life experiences. They love to share stories of transformed lives and enjoy illustrating biblical principles through examples from life.  

An exhorter - encourager prefers face to face encounters over speaking to large groups. She or he understands that through asking good questions, and giving wise personalized counsel radical transformation can take place. 

I think that above all else an exhorter wants to give hope. They do that through visualizing potential and achievement to people who are discouraged and defeated. Encouragers "see" what others can not see. They celebrate the gifts and potential of others and thereby bring deep encouragement to people. 

Barnabas is a clear and classic example of an exhorter / encourager. He was given the nickname "son of encouragement" by the early church because he was so effective in encouraging the faith of his fellow believers. He took upon himself the formidable challenge of mentoring a young disciple named Saul of Tarsus. His encouragement was so effective that  he gave to the church her greatest missionary and apostle who authored 13 books of our New Testament.

When the young, inexperienced John Mark abandoned Paul and Barnabas during their first missionary journey, Barnabas wanted to restore the young dropout and give him a second chance and join them on their second missionary journey. Paul refused. So Paul took Silas and Barnabas took Mark under his wing. The result. Mark became the author of the Gospel that bears his name and a great leader of the young church. 

At the end of Paul's life he wrote to Timothy, "Bring Mark with you when you come, for he is helpful to me in my ministry" (2 Tim. 4:11)

Talk to you tomorrow. Keep praying for the people of Orlando and our nation at this critical time. Following the prayer that I sent out this morning for Orlando and our nation, I have begun to pray this..."But let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream". Amos 5:24

In His grip of grace,