Arrogance vs. Confidence
Receiving Spiritual Gifts is AWESOME! It’s a great feeling to know that God has given you a special ability that He wants to use for His glory. But, we must be aware that after receiving spiritual super powers (aka. Spiritual Gifts) two things can happen to us that can quench their power and usefulness, and can sometimes result in more harm than good.
- We can become arrogant in them.
- We can become fearful of using them.
Both of these can take away from what God is trying to do through you.
Arrogance is a character trait where you start to ‘own’ the gift. You forget that it’s God’s and you start to take credit for it (when really you didn’t do anything to deserve it in the first place – 1 Corinthians 12:11) or you forget that you are a part of a body where everyone’s gift is critical in expanding the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 12:25). Often people who are arrogant are unaware of their fault, and need someone to gently come alongside them. If you think you’re arrogant, you’re probably not. If you don’t think you’re arrogant…well, don’t be too sure. The key is to have have good people around you who will gently and humbly show you the way should you stray into arrogance (Galatians 6:1).
Now arrogance can easily be confused for confidence (which is something completely different). Where arrogance is a ‘celebrity’ type mentality (everyone watch me, I am more important) confidence is a humble belief in the gift giver and in His power alone. Confident people boast in the Lord and constantly give glory to God for things done through them (1 Corinthians 1:31). Confident people don’t shy away from being used. They step up, and speak out from a confidence in the Lord and in His ability, not their own.
So, don’t be fearful of using your gifts (2 Timothy 1:7) but be confident in the Lord’s power! You have what it takes!!!!