"For no prophecy has ever been produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." -2 Peter 1:21
A few articles ago, I wrote on Ephesians 2:8, which says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God," In case you missed it, the article was about how this verse is commonly viewed as a contradiction, and how people use it to say that we are saved by faith alone even though James 2:24 says the exact opposite. In the article I talked about how we have to be baptized, but it's not us that forgives us from our sins, but God. I talked about without the salvation of God, we wouldn't be saved, but we also have to have actions. Today I am going to be digging a little bit deeper into the subject, and talk about pride.
Genesis 1:1 as I am sure you are well aware says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." And in Hebrews 3:4 it says, "For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God." Man can do a lot of things. Man can create a devise that can access any and all information from around the world that you can fit into your pocket. Man can take mud and build a stable house out of it. However, none of this is impressive. You see, man can do whatever he wants, but when it boils down to it, no one can forgive himself of his sins. No man can create a machine that washes away our sins. I mean, the technology that has been invented isn't even original. There's this joke about an atheist and he's talking to God and he says, "I can prove that you're not real! I can make my own man out of dirt!" and then you see him in his lab and he's got all his machines and God says, "What are you doing?" and the atheist says, "Well, I'm making a man." and God says, "Get your own dirt." Now, this is clearly fictional. God doesn't talk to us directly anymore. However, this is true. No matter what man makes, God has already created the things that we used to make it.
What I'm trying to say here is that man has accomplished nothing spectacular, because God is the Creator of all things. He created you, He created me, He created everything. And if it weren't for God, then you couldn't be saved. So next time you feel like you've accomplished something, make sure that the first thing that you do is to thank God, because nothing happens without Him, and if it weren't for Him, then you wouldn't even be there to have accomplished anything. Always remember to be thankful.