A Self-Made Man?

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 1 Corinthians 4:6-8

Verse eight is a clear case of apostolic sarcasm! He wasn’t at all commending them for their wealth and power. He was merely pointing out their lack of need. They have everything; they don’t need anything. We’ve discussed this before in this devotional. Being self-sufficient and not needing anyone or God is actually a desperate place to be in.

The self-made man rarely is self made.

We don’t live on a deserted island. We interact regularly with people. We learn from them; they learn from us. We have friends, some closer than others. We have enemies who also teach us valuable lessons about what not to do in relationships. We have teachers, pastors, mentors, coaches, trainers, and associates who help us regularly.

Take the opportunity today to reach out to one of these teachers, pastors, mentors, or coaches and let them know you appreciate them. They’ll be glad you did; you’ll be glad you did.

One response to “A Self-Made Man?”

  1. good morning Dave –

    do you know that I have learned more in my life from watching others that I would not want to be like than watching those I do admire? it’s like how I’ve learned more about playing chess from my losses than my wins……good words today for sure!

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