Exercising our faith in the body of Christ and in the community entails the manifestation of the life of Christ - in other words, it means putting our Christian faith into practice. Being a student or “disciple” of Christ means putting his lessons into practice.
In 1 Tim 4:14, Paul tells Timothy not to neglect the gift that God had given him, the gift of prophecy. God had enabled Timothy with the gift of declaring the truth.
Spiritual gifts are given to all believers by the Holy Spirit (Rom 12:3,6) at the time they put their trust in Christ, become members of God’s family, and are placed in His Kingdom. At that moment, the Holy Spirit gives the new believer the spiritual gift or gifts He desires him or her to have (1 Cor 12:11). Every person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ and has become a child of God has at least one spiritual gift.
God has given each one of us a gift that He knows will make a great difference in the church and may change the world. Many people, even in this body, have no idea what their spiritual gifts are and never will unless they begin to exercise their faith.
You might try the tasty “12 Layered Chocolate Cake Test”, which might help you discover the gifts God has given you.
Whatever gifts God has given you, be they leadership, mercy, service, teaching, languages, use them in love, through the power of the Holy Spirit and for God’s glory. Don’t insult your Father in heaven by neglecting your gift. God gave gifts to you for a specific purpose - to build up the body of Christ. He wants you to use these gifts, to develop them, and mature as you do as His adult sons and daughters (1 Cor 12 & 13, Rom 12).
There are many ways of discovering your spiritual gifts, but the best way is to simply begin serving in one of the various ministries of the church. As your faith becomes practice, you will not only discover your gifts, but will get to know God in a more intimate way because you are partnering with the giver of the gift.