Jesus said that we can know the credibility of a ministry by their 'fruit', not by their 'gifts' (see Matthew 7:15-23). Gifts of the Spirit, as well as natural talent, are important but they are no evidence of a holy life. In fact, gifts can deceive us as to the true nature of a person. That's why character is to be the foundation of all ministry. 'Who we are' (fruit) is more important than 'what we can do' (gifts).
The interesting thing about gifts is that God gives them and doesn't take them back. Read this comment by Paul when writing to the believers at Rome …
"For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn." [Romans 11:29-30. NLT]
That means that a person can still continue to minister with the gifts God has given to them even when their character is not right. That's pretty scary because it enables people to abuse the grace of God – for a time.
In the Old Testament, Samson was anointed by the Spirit and was able to do great exploits as a result. He continued to use his gifts even though he had developed an uncontrolled problem with sexual lust. However, in time, his lack of repentance ended in his downfall (read Judges 16).
God is gracious and he gives all of us time to repent. His judgment on sin is not always immediate. He is long-suffering and patient. We don't immediately reap what we sow. This can lead to deception, thinking that what we've done or how we're living doesn't really matter to God. But it does.
In a letter to the church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29), Jesus mentions a woman named Jezebel who was in the church. He had given 'time to repent' of her sexual sin, but because she hadn't, judgment was coming her way.
"People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy." [Proverbs 28:13. NLT]
Let's value the gifts God gives to us BUT let's remember that a gift doesn't mean we are a godly person. It simply means God gave us something. It is a stewardship – a trust given to us to be used for building God's kingdom and for his glory. Let's continually surrender to the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit so that his fruit may be seen in our daily life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Maybe God is challenging us at this time to become better fruit inspectors and to not be so enamored with gifts.