Ever heard of them?  Have you ever taken one of those tests or questionnaires that tell you what yours is? I remember when I took one in high school and scored a big fat ZERO on mercy (ouch) and was told that my spiritual gift is Faith. 

I don't know if the Holy Spirit would give us a written test to determine the gifts He has given us, whether they be one or many, but I definitely made it a point to improve in the area of mercy! 

The term "Spiritual gifts" may make them seem as little talents or specialties we have that are unique to us. But 1 Corinthians 12 gives a whole new meaning to the term...

"Each of us is given a manifestation of the Spirit in our lives for the purpose of the common good." (Forgotten God, by Francis Chan. Based on 1 Cor. 12:7)

Hmm.. a manifestation of the Spirit. I like the sound of that.  The gifts that the Holy Spirit gives each of us individually are pieces of who He is.  It is a manifestation of Him.

Suddenly, I find myself taking my "Spiritual gifts" or as I am calling them from now on, "gifts from the Holy Spirit" or "manifestations of the Spirit" a lot more seriously.

Anything that the Holy Spirit has gifted me with is a picture of who He is.  Whoa.  I just hope that I don't distort His image with my fallibility. 

"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."
1 Corinthians 12: 4-11

By the by, above is a sermon video to go along with yesterdays post, "Oh the Glutton in Me".  And hey, if you're interested, You can click on minute 9 and listen as I attempt to use one of the manifestations He graciously gifted me with for His glory with the song, "Lead me to the Cross" by Hillsong.