Romans 12:3-8 (NKJV)
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Spiritual gifts are also known as gifts of grace because they come from our triune God. These gifts are bestowed upon you by the Holy Spirit to glorify and honor God. Everyone has a unique spiritual gift. As our scripture lesson reminds us, "not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." That is why it is important to not compare oneself to others. Comparing oneself to others does not mature the gift which does not promote church or community growth. However, that is why it is important to connect with others who have similar gifts because iron sharpens iron as well as different gifts because multiple talents are needed to bring people to the kingdom of heaven. Secondly, it is critical to know that the fruits of the spirit are not spiritual gifts. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The fruits of the Spirit are given by the Holy Spirit, to show how we as Chrisitans live in the light of Christ. Whereas spiritual gifts can be leadership, prophecy, faith, wisdom, knowledge, teaching, exhortation, worship, and the list continues. Spriritual gifts are given to and manifested by the Holy Spirit to do God's work. Put it planily, the fruits of the Spirit are a way of life and a form of discipleship, and spiritual gifts are bestowed upon us for a certain purpose. Thirdly, it is key to know the difference between a gift and an ability. Abilities are about being. Gifts are about doing. Abilities come natural and are easy. Gifts come natural after your spiriutal birth - after you accept Christ into your life - but they take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you. Abilities give you recognition. Gifts make room for you and open doors no man can close. Today, I encourage you to seek God to reveal to you what your spiritual gifts are and how you can use them in your church, community, and work place.