Redemptive Gifts Part 4-Exhorter (In this series we will take a quick look at the characteristics of each individual redemptive gift. Please see ‘Redemptive Gift’ in the menu at the top of the page for an explanation of “Redemptive Gifts” teaching.)
Wonderful, exciting, noisy, glitzy exhorter! You have twice as many words as the rest of us!! How we love you! And Oh! How we need the encouragement you bring to the body of Christ! RG exhorters are God’s world changers, able to move large numbers of people spiritually and physically. Moses moved a nation en mass. Paul helped turn the Gentile world upside down!
Yes, everybody loves exhorters. And exhorters love everybody!
When they are up, they are up! And when they are down, THEY ARE DOWN! Because the exhorter can bring hope and move masses of people, the enemy many times targets them with discouragement. Always wanting to be with others, exhorters usually are called to spend time ALONE with the Lord. Think: Moses-the backside of the desert; Paul-years in prison. Although exhorters love to extend friendships horizontally with people, it is in that ‘alone place’ that exhorters learn to go vertically deep with the Lord.
Flexible, delightful exhorters many times need proof to believe (seeing is believing) and find it difficult to go against public opinion. They will avoid confrontation and look for the easy way out. Unredeemed their motto is, ‘I can get it for you wholesale!”
These master communicators can cast vision, bring reconciliation, and are quick to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. (And most women exhorters love the bling and colors!)
Like the lights in the sky created on the fourth day, RG exhorters can take the deep research of the teacher, shed light on it, and impart this truth to the church revealing in new, extravagant ways the richness and magnificence of our God.
Yes, beloved exhorters, you have thousands? Millions? Maybe gazillions of words! And others are quickly drawn to you, readily opening their heart to you and your message. But the most important question is this: “What do you implant into these hungry hearts?”
You, exhorter, have been gifted to use your abundant words and open hearts to release revelation of the highest quality to the masses that you so easily gather. You have the extraordinary ability to illustrate, depict and portray our God in His dazzling, radiant magnificence.
But have you set aside the time, away from the adoring crowds, to know him intimately in all of his dazzling, radiant magnificence? Have you listened to His deep, enduring, steadfast wisdom? Have you come away with Him to plumb the depths of His peace and abiding love? Do you KNOW His character? You cannot give away what you do not own. You cannot impart revelation you have not seen. Until you have come away with Him to know Him intimately, your many words may be like a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. Words that carry no real value. How sad to miss this remarkable opportunity and settle for average, mundane conversation.
Oh Marvelous Exhorter, come away from the party, from the crowds and seek His face, experience his peace and know His joy. Then come out of that hidden place. Come and reveal his grandeur, his glory and his never changing character to our weary hearts. We are longing for supernatural hope and encouragement! And it is you, Redemptive Gift Exhorter, who can do this best!