In the kid’s book, Frog and Toad Together, we find a good illustration of what happens when a person thinks that they are more gifted than others.
Toad was asleep, and he was having a dream. He was on a stage, and he was wearing a costume. Toad was looking into the dark. Frog was sitting in the theatre.
A strange voice from far away said, “PRESENTING THE GREATEST TOAD IN THE WORLD!” Toad took a deep bow. Frog looked smaller as he shouted, “Hooray for Toad!”
“TOAD WILL NOW PLAY THE PIANO VERY WELL,” said the strange voice. Toad played the piano, and he did not miss a note. “Frog,” cried Toad, “can you play the piano like this?” “No,” said Frog. It seemed to Toad that Frog looked even smaller.
“TOAD WILL NOW WALK ON A HIGH WIRE, AND HE WILL NOT FALL DOWN,” said the voice. Toad walked on the high wire. “Frog,” cried toad, “can you do tricks like this?” “No,” peeped Frog, who looked very, very small.
“TOAD WILL NOW DANCE, AND HE WILL BE WONDERFUL,” said the voice. “Frog, can you be as wonderful as this?” said Toad as he danced all over the stage. There was no answer. Toad looked out into the theatre. Frog was so small that he could not be seen or heard. “Frog, what have I done?” cried Toad.
Then the voice said, ”THE GREATEST TOAD WILL NOW..,”
“Shut up!” screamed Toad. “Frog, Frog, where have you gone?” Toad was spinning in the dark. “Come back Frog,” he shouted. “I will be lonely!”
“I am right here” said Frog. Frog was standing near Toad’s bed. “Wake up, Toad” he said. “Frog is that really you?” said Toad, “And you your own right size?” asked Toad. “Yes, I think so,” said Frog.
Toad looked at sunshine at the sunshine coming through the window. “Frog,” he said, “I am so glad that you came over.” “I always do,” said Frog. Then Frog and Toad ate a big breakfast. And after that they spent a fine, long day together.
We begin a section in 1 Corinthians about spiritual gifts. Paul has to write to them about spiritual gifts because some of the Corinthian Christians had exalted some of the spiritual gifts, especially speaking in tongues and prophecy, and used them as badges of honor—something like what Toad was doing with Frog in the children’s story.