Paul desires a society where there is no exaggerated view of
one’s self esteem but, rather, an environment where people reflect sober judgement.
Instead of thinking of himself too highly, a man should measure himself by the
standard of what he believes by faith.

Paul pointed out that the body consists of many members which
perform different functions and he reminded the Romans that though they were
many, yet, they were one body in Christ. Individually, they were members of one
another, though gifts might differ according to the grace given to them. They
must use the gifts for the benefit of the community and church – if prophecy,
in proportion to their faith; if service, in their serving. He who teaches, in
his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in
liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who acts of mercy, with
cheerfulness. 
Ways of applying talents are: Singing, service, giving,
energy.