Seven-fold Motivational Gifts Survey for Adults

 Seven-fold Motivational Gifts: Prophecy, Teaching, Exhorting, Ruling Serving, Giving, Mercy

“In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the this world.  Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.  For I am telling every single one of you, through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust”  (Romans 12:2-3).

Spiritual gifts are sovereignly given by the Father through the Holy Spirit, Ruach haKodesh, yet believers are told to desire the better gifts.  All of the gifts are necessary to accomplish the work of the Father in the Body of Messiah and as members of His Body, we would know our gifts and how to use them properly.

Every believer has at least one gift.  It may differ in degree and effectiveness and they way it is used from another believer having the same gift.  Each believer with his/her own giftings is necessary to the whole Body of Messiah.  If any member is not active – due to not knowing their gift, being quenched or rejected –  the whole Body becomes weak and suffers serious consequences as is seen in the floundering ‘church’ today.

Each gift emphasizes service to the Body of Messiah.  The motivating spirit, the attitude behind our gifts is as important as using our gifts.   We should each be motivated by love, love of Messiah and what He has done for us and not self-agrandizement.  We should use our gifts with the authority that has been given us in Messiah always giving the Father the glory.

We are to evaluate ourselves in terms of the gifts we have been given.  We should recognize that our gifts differ, yet we should have liberty to apply ourselves to the particular gift or gifts that are uniquely ours.  We exercise and increase our faith and those around us when we operate in our own unique gifts that God has given us.  We should and can always have an opportunity to use our gifts interdependently with others – inside a church building or outside.  Men with leadership gifts are to train others so that every member of the Body of Messiah will contribute to the overall growth of the whole Body.

An awareness of the urgency of the times in which we live should cause us to give priority to using our gifts.  The time is short.  The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  We will be held accountable for our gifts – did we bury them in the dirt somewhere or did we minister to the lost, dying, deceived, hungry, thirst, apostate.

There are different types of gifts listed in the Brit Chadasah/New Testament.  There are the five-fold ministry gifts or the ‘hands of the Messiah‘ found in Ephesians 4:8-13.     These are the people God calls to train and release other members of the Body into a functioning ministry.  There are Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers.  All five of these ministries are for the Body of Messiah today and are needed to bring the Bride to maturity.

There is  the nine-fold manifestations of the Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12:7-12.  The can be divided into three groups of three.  The first group is the gift of speaking in tongues.  This gift enables the Body of Messiah to supernaturally speak and represent Messiah as a prophet of God.  Tongues or other languages are spoken supernaturally so that ‘the hearers’ may understand the message of Messiah in their language.  There are various kinds of tongues (1), there needs to be an interpretation of tongues (2), and there can be prophecy spoken to edify the Body of Messiah in the language known to the listeners.

The second group includes the gifts of power.  These gifts enable the Body of Messiah to act supernaturally and represent Messiah as Priest.  They are the gifts of healing, the gift of working miracles, and the gift of faith.

The last group includes gifts of revelation.  These gifts enable the Body of Messiah to think supernaturally and represent Messiah as King.  These are a word of wisdom, word of knowledge, and discernment of spirits.

Finally, there are the seven-fold motivational gifts found in Romans 12:3-8.   All believers are called to manifest a measure of each of these gifts.  Yet, each believer has at least one very strong motivation gift or a combination of strong ones.  A person’s ministry is simply an expression of his unique collection of these gifts.  These are the ones covered in this posting: Prophecy, Teaching, Exhortation, Administration, Serving, Giving, and Mercy.

All manifestations of these spiritual gifts are triggered by a powerful anointing of the Spirit.  All believers can be a vessel used by God to bring forth healing, miracles, wisdom, knowledge, faith, and tongues in a moment to meet a present need.

It is important that we as believers know and understand our gifts so we can be used by God to our fullest capacity.  We are commanded by God to know our gifts and use them.  So, if you don’t know your gifts, how can you use it to His glory? Once you know your gift, take steps to develop it (or develop your children’s spiritual gifts).  If you know your gift, its strengths and weaknesses, you can use it productively and grow spiritually at the same time.  If the Body begins to really know, understand, and use the unique spiritual gifts God has given to each individual, there may be a revival of healing or miracles or prophecy.

What you may find as you learn about your motivational gift is that you already know what it is.  You may use it everyday in ordinary circumstances and you don’t realize it.  From personal experience, I was able to see that I lived more in the things to avoid part rather than the empowered by the Holy Spirit part.  Once I recognized the pitfalls of certain gifts, I was able to turn away from them and walk uprightly in the way God intended me to use my gifts.

Below is a survey to identify your gifts.  It was not written by me, but I have used it over the years to encourage others to find their gifts and the gifts of their children.  It is only a guideline and it’s not all-inclusive, but it will enlighten you to your ‘bents’ and tendencies.  Once you know them, you can begin to use them with wisdom and power and take your place in the Body of Messiah.

As you read each question, put the corresponding number that fits you next to it.

Usually (5), Sometimes (3), Seldom (1), Almost Never (0)

When you are finished, print out the Key/Chart for Adults and place your number in the correct boxes.   Add up the numbers in each column and circle the gift of the highest ones.  Then click on the links below to learn more about the characteristics of your spiritual motivational gifts.  There are 140 questions.  Be blessed as you learn more about yourself and how your Father created you for His purposes.


1.  People think I speak with authority.

2. I delight in deep study and research of the Bible.

3. People come to me for advice about their personal problems.

4. I enjoy placing people in the proper positions and ministries.

5. I am more interested in doing practical things that need to be done than why they should be done.

6. I would rather support a project with my money than my labor.

7. Visiting the sick is enjoyable to me.

8. When I sense a situation is not right, I feel a deep desire to speak up to bring correction.

9. I enjoy spending time searching out the answers to issues and questions.

10. I find it enjoyable to talk personally with people about their problems.

11. I find it important to set up objectives and goals for my ministry.

12. No task is too small for me; I just enjoy dong things that need to be done.

13. When I hear of someone in need, my first response is to give them financial aid.

14. I look for ways to cheer up people who are down and depressed.

15. I have the desire to speak up rather than remain silent when I am in a group where key issues are being discussed.

16. I am anxious to do my own research when questions arise.

17. There is joy when I can encourage people who are going through personal problems and trials.

18. I enjoy stimulating people to be more effective in their work.

19. I experience fulfillment when I carry out a task and it is appreciated by others.

20. I like to sense where financial help is needed, rather than being trapped by appeals.

21. I feel drawn to those who are suffering with emotional problems.

22. People often experience feelings of conviction when with me if they are not right with God.

23. I have an ability to explain difficult problems and give the reasons for what I believe.

24. I find joy in showing what can be accomplished as trials are turned into new areas of growth.

25. I am interested in training and disciplining other believers to become leaders.

26. I find it hard to believe that others don’t see tasks that need to be done.

27. I find myself living frugally to have money ready for God’s projects.

28. I enter into the sufferings of others as if they were my own.

29. When I share God’s Word I expect to see it bring conviction and repentance.

30. People appreciate my explanations of the Scriptures.

31. I find compassion and love welling up for people I counsel.

32. I find joy directing people in reaching their goals and objectives in their lives.

33. I would rather do a job myself than work with a group to accomplish it.

34. I can enjoy giving whether or not it is acknowledged.

35. I find myself concerned and praying for those in emotional distress.

36. Others have shared that I am an effective communicator of God’s Word.

37. People often come to me seeking specific answers to their Biblical questions.

38. I would rather listen to the problems of others than share my own.

39. I prefer to take leadership over a group when I have been asked.

40. When I am made aware of a job that needs to be done, I am anxious to do it myself.

41. My fulfillment comes in knowing that my giving was in answer to God’s prompting rather than man’s pleading.

42. I would enjoy a regular ministry to those who are suffering physically.

43. I seem to have a persuasiveness about my speech.

44. I find myself explaining the meanings of specific words rather than reciting a verse to people.

45. When a fellow believer comes to me who is entangled in sin, my greatest desire is to set him free.

46. WHen I am placed in a leadership position, I feel challenged.

47. I enjoy doing things that need to be done without being asked to do them.

48. I enjoy being appreciated for my giving, but not notoriety.

49. I seem to notice when others are hurting.

50. I find myself speaking God’s Word to others rather than taking the time to explain every detail.

51. I systematically organize my studies of the Word with notebooks and research books on the Bible.

52. I dislike ‘pity-parties’ and refuse to participate in them.

53. I easily fit people into the jobs for which they are equipped.

54. I can do a task without thinking through the many details of it.

55. It thrills me when I find my giving is an answer to prayer.

56. It gives me great joy to minister to those wounded emotionally.

57. I find I would prefer ministering to others through the Scriptures rather than from personal experience.

58. I have noticed that people appreciate the things I have shared from my research of the Word.

59. I write letters from time to time to friends which proved to be very encouraging to them.

60. I presently serve in a leadership position in my church.

61. I prefer to do the work by myself rather than delegate it.

62. I believe I am called of God to place my money in His projects.

63. I am willing and eager to spend time and energy with those who are suffering.

64. I would be willing to correct another believer by showing him his error and giving him a Scriptural principle to help him, with the result that the correction was applied to his life.

65. I would like to teach regularly.

66. I have found it my experience that I am easy to talk to and often have people share with me heart to heart.

67. I have served in several positions requiring my organization ability.

68. I am very skillful with my hands and enjoy doing maintenance jobs.

69. I consider it a great honor and privilege to give to worthwhile missionary projects.

70. I would like to help down-and-outers through some ministry-related program.

71. I know for certain that a number of things have happened in an individual’s life and in my church situation in general, because I have given a Scriptural admonition which was needed.

72. I believe if I taught, lives could be changed.

73. People often took to me to encourage someone who is facing a hard time.

74. I have overseen church property in some supervisory responsibility.

75. I can fix almost anything and have gladly used my skill to help other believers who need my help.

76. I have been able to do without things (to me they are luxuries anyway) that others consider necessary in order to give more to God’s work.

77. I like to cheer up physically-handicapped people.

78. I would like to be asked to speak on moral issues in my church.

79. People apply the things I have taught them to their lives.

80. I find that I am sensitive to people and can recognize that they are hurting.

81. I have been chosen to serve on committees which were formed to solve administrative problems with church programs.

82. I have helped a number of believers with practical things even though it meant I put off something I needed to do for myself.

83. God somehow seems to bring to my attention financial needs of believers in my church.

84. I would like to help in an educational program to help underprivileged children or adults.

85. When I speak I usually get people’s attention.

86. I have read the Bible through a number of times.

87. I try to go out of my way to give a cheerful word to people around me and find that I usually encourage people in a general way.

88. I am often asked to arrange for the details of meetings, making sure everything is ready.

89. I have often been one of the first to volunteer for something the pastor felt was needed concerning physical labor around the church.

90. I have consistently given more an 1/10 of my income to God’s work.

91. I would like to help take food baskets to poor people.

92. People either strongly agree or strongly disagree with my statements.

93. If I were to teach, I would use the lecture method.

94. I often counsel with people.

95. I have been placed in charge of several programs which required organizational ability.

96. I don’t mind unexpected guests in my home if I know we are helping them.

97. I am certain that God has given me special abilities to make money. I know that this is because He expects to use me as a vessel to give large amounts to His projects.

98. I would like to distribute clothing to needy people.

99. I find myself taking a definite stand on issues.

100. I believe I could hold people’s attention well enough to teach 50 minutes or more.

101. I am a good listener.

102. I enjoy doing long-term projects.

103. I wouldn’t mind if the pastor or someone else in the church asked me to accommodate guests in my home.

104. I would enjoy contributing financially to programs helping orphans or other underprivileged.

105. I would enjoy working with orphans.

106. When I speak out on an issue, sometimes my voice takes on deep emotional tones which God can use to break hearts so that there is hearing to my message.

107. I would like to lead a discussion group to help people discover truth for themselves and apply it to their lives.

108. I enjoy counseling an individual to give him steps of action.

109. When I am in charge of a project, I desire harmony amongst the workers so that all may run smoothly.

110. I find real satisfaction in doing practical things that will help others and try to seek opportunities to do so joyfully.

111. I like to give to a person who is involved in a specific ministry to others.

112. I would become empathetically involved with alcoholics if I worked with them.

113. People come and tell me I have spoken directly into their lives after I have spoken.

114.  If I were to teach, I would plan my teaching to accomplish measured objectives and would check periodically for effectiveness.

115. If a person was having trouble with his job, I would try and change the attitude of the person.

116. If a person was having trouble with his job, I would try and change his responsibilities.

117. I prefer to accomplish short-term projects and goals.

118. I find myself viewing ministries from a financial perspective.

119. I believe I could have a cheerful influence on people in a prison rehabilitation program.

120. I am more interested in clearing up error than in keeping harmony.

121. I have been called by other churches to teach various subjects to them.

122. I like to use personal interaction to encourage spiritual growth.

123. When I am asked to organize an activity, I delegate many of the responsibilities to others.

124. When I am asked to perform a job, I do most of it myself.

125. There have been times when I sensed some special financial need but did not have the finances to meet it.  Money then came int through an unexpected source.  I know that God wanted me to meet the need. So I gave.

126. I could get empathetically involved with helping drug addicts.

127. After I have spoken I like to see an immediate response of greater commitment.

128. Sometimes I would rather do research for a lesson than teach the lesson.

129. I would rather talk to an individual than a group.

130. I like to take a project, break it down into various parts, and systematically organize a plan to accomplish the final goal.

131. I would rather meet people’s personal needs than counsel them.

132. When I feel led by the Lord to give, I like to give generously, without thinking of the sacrifice it may involve.

133. In small groups with which I have been associated, it is not uncommon for someone to tell me that something I said has been a real comfort to them.

134. People seem to want to confess their sins to me.

135. When I am helping people find solutions to their problems, I start with Scripture and relate it to their experience.

136. When I am helping people find solutions to their problems, I start with human experience and relate it to Scripture.

137. I am able, with discipline, to work under pressure and accomplish things, as long as I know my goals and objectives.

138. I find it difficult to say ‘no’ when I see something practical which can be done to help someone in need.

139. I think it is sinful if a person fails to manage his/her financial assets well.

140. I am more interested in the atmosphere of a worship service than the structure of the service.

Now go to the Key/Chart for Adult Survey and place your numerical responses in the corresponding boxes.


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