Bible Verse: Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever. Psalm 146:6

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 9:23–24

You’ve been told: Real men are self-made. They’re independent. They don’t need anyone. In any situation, they can handle themselves. They can handle anything. When life gets tough, they do what they need to. They work harder. Longer. They escape when they need to. Why? Because they have to—they know no help is coming, and that’s just fine with them.

You’re one of these men. You’re on your own—but that’s okay. You’ve got this.

These are lies, and they’re holding you back. Think different.

The self-made man believes – if we want something, we go after it. If we want to do something, we do it. If we lack talent or skill, we figure it’s just a question of effort: more is needed. We convince ourselves we can accomplish anything.

For a while, at least.

You see, the problem is when we do this, we’re trying to live a myth. Because no one is self-made. No one.

We’re God-made.

That’s the beautiful reality. But it’s a reality we miss when we examine the lives and accomplishments of men we admire but don’t look for God too.

When God created Adam, He “formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Gen. 2:7).

We don’t make ourselves. No one does. It’s not a matter of trying to be smarter or working harder or more efficiently. It’s simply this: God is the one who dreamed us up, who made plans for us before we were even born.

While our choices matter—and we can take some credit for hard work and grit—we have nothing without God. We’re His workmanship. It’s His hand that wrought us—not our own.

So the figure of the self-made man is a myth—but it’s worse. It’s a counterfeit too. It looks right, sounds good, but it deceives. It lies to us. It convinces us to become men who go it alone, men who don’t know our Maker. Men whose only option when things get tough is to man up.

But that’s just not how God designed us. He designed us not for isolation and self-reliance—but for God-relationship and God-reliance.

Do you want to discover your true identity? Do you want to discover the plans God has for you?

Then stop trying to live a myth. Give it up.

Self-made? Not even close. Made. Then, in Jesus, remade. Better than the very best work we could ever do on our own.

— Justin Camp, author of Invention


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