Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth
The Greek word most frequently used for spiritual gifts is charismata, a word that relates to the grace (charis) of God. Concerning these gifts, Paul writes, “to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7).
Another word, pneumatikos, means “spiritualities,” or “spiritual things.” Since the work of God can only be accomplished by the power of God, a spiritual gift is the endowment by the Holy Spirit of a special ability to every member of the body of Christ for the edification of others.
Spiritual gifts are sovereignly and undeservedly given by the Holy Spirit; there is no basis for boasting or envy. Every member of the body has a special place and purpose. Whether more or less prominent in the eyes of others, the same standard applies to all: it is required of stewards that one be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). Work with what God has given to you (2 Timothy 1:6), and seek to please Him rather than people (Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4).