In Romans 1:5, Paul states that “we are receivers of grace.” To be a receiver (and not a giver) is a humbling experience. And God’s people are recipients of grace, which begins in the good and loving heart of God and flows out of him towards us as a river of favor. One example of God’s grace takes the form of spiritual gifts, which are designed to be used in acts of service.
Romans 1:5 Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations. (ESV)