When we talk about spiritual gifts, we can easily get the wrong impression. The emphasis seems to be on the word “spiritual” – distinguishing it from “normal” gifts, such as being a talented musician or mechanic.
Surprisingly, the Greek word for “spiritual” is not even present in the term. Instead, if you translate it literally, it comes out like “grace gift.” The emphasis is not that the gift is “spiritual” or “miraculous,” but that it is a gift of God’s grace to us.
When God gives us grace, he is giving us something we haven’t earned. We don’t get it because we deserve it. It’s just a gift. When God washes us clean from our sin, it’s a gift. When he promises us eternal joy in heaven, it’s a gift.