1 Corinthians 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
Proverb 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
We often hear people describe someone that they view as successful as “a self-made man.” There is no such thing as a self-made man unless you can find one that supplied both the sperm and egg, controlled the process of conception, carried themselves for nine months of pregnancy, pushed during the birthing, did the nursing, feeding, wiping, cleaning, changing, transporting, shopping, teaching, training, and educating of themselves. We are all the product of the contributions of others as well as what we have from the Lord (1 Corinthians 4:7). When it comes to a Christian all glory should go to God who is the origin of the grace we have in our life and every good and perfect gift we possess (James 1:17).
When the Bible speaks of a high look it is talking about one who in their demeanor gives evidence of pride, self-conceit, and vanity. The origin of a high look is a proud heart. When they have no relationship with God, all of their labors, endeavors, their business, their occupations (their plowing) because they are in pursuit of their own glory are sin. God expressly hates the proud heart that gives expression in a high look (Proverb 6:16, 17). It is a proud heart that boasts of their achievements or climbing the ladder of success is self made. In reality there were many helping hands along the way and contributions of other people.
We ought to thank God daily in our prayers for our great grand-parents, grand-parents, parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, pastors, preachers, coaches, fellow-believers, the Body of Christ, the Church, our nation’s forefathers, our nations soldiers…. Who among us is not the product of the contributions and influences of others? No man is an island unto himself. It is only a proud self centered person who doesn’t recognize this.