As followers of Jesus, we have received many gifts. While the following list is not comprehensive, the Scriptures tell us that forgiveness (Romans 5:15), eternal life in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23), and the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) are just a few of the gifts we’ve received from our incredibly generous Father. But wait, there’s more! God’s goodness and generosity toward us does not stop there. We have all been given a spiritual gift. Our key scripture, 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11, says, “to each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given.” Read that again. It says, “to each person,” not to each pastor, teacher, evangelist, prophet, missionary, apostle, or any other type of person you can think of. If you are a person, then this scripture is talking about you! You have been given your own gift from the Holy Spirit.
But why? Why were we given a gift or “manifestation of the Spirit”? This same scripture tells us these gifts we're given “for the benefit of all.” I benefit from the gift you carry. Your friends, your family, this church, all people benefit from the gift the Holy Spirit gave you.