Psalms 100:3 – “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
The term “self-made man” seems to be quite popular these days. According to Wikipedia, a “self-made man” or “self-made woman” is a person who was born poor or otherwise disadvantaged, but who achieved great economic or moral success thanks to their own hard work and ingenuity rather than to any inherited fortune, family connections or other privilege.
The world hails those who have made it to the top on their own, but the Bible reminds us that we can never do it all on our own. We are not called to be self-made men and women. We are called to be sheep who rely on our Shepherd, remembering it is He who has made us who we are. It is very easy to pat ourselves on the back for things we have accomplished, but where would we be without God’s goodness and grace in our lives?
If we are to be true disciples of Christ, we ought to remember that it is God who created us, gave us wisdom, sent us opportunities and provided us with everything we need to make it this far. Let us not become arrogant sheep who think they can manage it on their own without their Shepherd. Let us rely on God for everything – no matter how big or small, and remember to give Him the glory when we do reach the top.