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To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Cor 12:7)
Baseball legend Dizzy Dean was apparently the first to say, “It’s not bragging if you can do it.” He made the statement after predicting that his Saint Louis Cardinals would win the National League pennant in 1934 (they did, and went on to beat Detroit in the World Series) and the number of games he and his brother and fellow Cardinals pitcher Paul “Daffy” Dean would win in the process (he accurately predicted Paul’s 19 wins but underestimated his own record-breaking 30).
Maybe Diz crossed the line from simple confidence in his and his teammates’ abilities to outright bragging. You decide. Either way, his comment reminds us that we ought not be ashamed of what we can do.
This is especially true if we are doing it in God’s power and for God’s purposes. Christians need to be more at ease discussing spiritual gifts. God has given believers a bewildering variety of abilities, aptitudes, skills, and passions to be used in the work of the kingdom. We should celebrate these things.
Our gifts are the work of God, not us, and it’s not bragging to talk about them.