Main Scripture Reference(s):
Ephesians 4:7-10 (NKJV)
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."* (Now this, "He ascended"--what does it mean but that He also first* descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
1) Each One is Gifted for a Purpose
1.a Jesus distributes gifts as He desires
Scriptures referenced: Matthew 25:15, Ephesians 3:8-9 (NKJV)
1.b These are Jesus’ gifts
1.c Each One has been gifted for the common good
Scriptures referenced: 1 Corinthians 12:7, Romans 12:4–6
1 Corinthians 12:7 (ESV)
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Rom 12:4–6 (ESV)
For as in one body we have many members,* and the members do not all have the same function so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
2) To the Victor Go the Spoils
Scriptures referenced: Ephesians 4:8, Psalm 68:18
Eph 4:8 (NKJV)
Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
Psalms 68:18 (NKJV)
You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell there.
3) No Gifts Should Go Unused
Scriptures referenced: 1 Peter 4:10
1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV)
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.