“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
-1 Corinthians 12:7 NIV
In this verse Paul is talking about spiritual gifts. We all have natural talents that set us apart from each other, some can sing, others can paint, some are good with numbers, others can build things. What makes spiritual gifts unique is that they are given only to those with faith in Christ. They are given only to Christians because they are to be used exclusively in the local congregation for the common good. Yes, natural talents can also be used to forward God’s cause, but spiritual gifts are a unique blessing given to Christians. The Holy Spirit gives these gifts to the people He chooses at the time He chooses, for the purposes He chooses. The best thing we can do to determine what gift(s) we have is be active in the life of our congregation. The more we try, the more quickly we may identify our gift(s) and contribute to building God’s kingdom. 1 Corinthians 13 reveals one gift that we’ve all been given. Love. And without love, all the other gifts are useless. Jesus displayed His love for us by dying to pay the price for our sins. We now love because He first loved us. Start there, but be open, eager and ready to serve then see where the Spirit leads!