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Use your gifts

“I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.” (1 Corinthians 14:18)

We humbly thank God for spiritual gifts without overemphasizing them.

The false of false modesty is that it can lead to you not using your spiritual gifts. Then you will deny others the blessing that God wants to give them through you.

Paul is not bothered by false modesty. He knows what his gifts are. But he also knows its limitations. He immediately says that he prefers to utter five intelligible words in the congregation, rather than ten thousand in an incomprehensible language.

Be grateful for the gifts of the Holy Spirit that you have received. If you put them away in a corner, you do not seem to be grateful for it. So, use them.

At the same time, you must realize that the Lord God also gave other people gifts that are important to the church. Do not be proud of your gifts. Be proud of those people. It is precisely those who use their gifts without being in the limelight, or even without others noticing, that are the tastemakers of the church.

Is there any gift that you haven’t been using out of modesty or fear?

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Marten Visser

Marten Visser (1971), experienced a call from the Lord to be a missionary while in Kindergarten. He received M.Div., Th.M. in Missiology, M.A. in cultural anthropology degrees and a Ph.D. degree in Theology. In 2000 he became a church planting missionary in Thailand with OMF, together with his wife Esther. In 2015 he returned to the Netherlands where he founded GlobalRize. He continues to serve as GlobalRize’s director of evangelism.

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