A Self-Made Man? June 15, 2018

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Society is full of people who speak as though they made themselves what they are. Churches are too. It is so easy to think that it was our own effort or ability that brought us to where we are.

It was not.

Any good thing in our lives is because of God’s goodness to us. He alone is the Source and He uses many channels.

The only thing I can make is a mess! Every blot on my life was made by me. Every beauty in my life was made by Him who does all things well. The hymn writer said it beautifully:

Naught have I gotten, but what I’ve received.
Grace hath bestowed it, since I have believed.
Boasting excluded; pride I abase.
I’m only a sinner saved by grace!

Paul said it best: “What hast thou that thou didst not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)

He created us in the beginning. He shapes us all along. He will form us into His perfect image someday. There are no self-made men – only God-made men.

Did you know that there is only one thing in Scripture we are told to make of ourselves? It is said of the Lord Jesus Christ that, “he made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of our servant, and was made in the likeness of man” (Philippians 2:7). The Apostle Paul followed this example when he testified, “I made myself servant unto all” (1 Corinthians 9:19).

Do you want to make something of yourself? Make yourself a servant. Make yourself nothing. Make yourself low. That is the only thing you an I can do successfully. And as you make yourself a servant, God will make you into all that He wants you to be.

As a boy I remember singing, “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be! It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars, the sun and the earth, Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be! He’s still working on me.”

Stop trying to make yourself what you want to be. God is making you what He created you to become. And His work is most quickly done when we make ourselves servants.

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” (Psalm 100:3).

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  1. Henry Wentz on June 16, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Good word. Blessings!

    • Scott Pauley on June 20, 2018 at 10:55 AM

      Thanks for taking the time to read our posts. God bless you all!

  2. Dennis Custer on June 23, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    My name is Dennis Custer. I go to Mansfield Baptist Temple. I had a couple questions for you. First of all, how do I get your daily devotional? Secondly when you were at our church early this year, did you preach a message about how to deal with difficult people or people that I hate you. The text was Genesis 50 where Joseph dealt with his brothers. I have a friend who is going through a very difficult time and I think it would be a great help to him. You are always a blessing when I hear you preach. Thank you for your time and your service to the Lord.

    • Scott Pauley on June 23, 2018 at 12:40 PM

      Brother Custer, it is good to hear from you. I don’t believe it was me that preached from Gen. 50 at your church. I preached through the life of John the Baptist when I was there I believe. Also, I will add your email to our blog so that you will receive each one that is posted. Thank you for your encouragement. God bless you.

  3. Dennis J. Custer on June 26, 2018 at 12:57 AM

    Thank you very much and God bless you, too.

  4. Jason Prall on April 19, 2021 at 8:25 AM

    I just came across this short blog and it was a great blessing to me. The Lord has be working this out in my life over the past year. He’s been opening my eyes to the idol of self-made in my life, particularly in my job. As the Lord continues to reshape or refocus my point of worship work becomes more joyful as I desire to bring Him glory in it.

    • scottpauley on April 19, 2021 at 5:17 PM

      It is great to hear how God is working in your life! This is the battle we all fight every day. God bless you.

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