“Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.” (1 Corinthians 3:21)
What is it about us that makes us want to “glory in men?” Are we like Israel who wanted a man they could see, rather than God, who they couldn’t see, to rule over them? It certainly indicates a great inadequacy that must be bolstered by adoration of, or allegiance to, someone we perceive to be greater than we.
The verse speaks of a man who glories in men. Since both parties are men, it begs the question, “Why should one be elevated above the other?” This does not set aside respect, for the Bible teaches that pastors, elders, and the aged (among others) are all to be afforded due respect; but this verse would reprimand us for going beyond respect to extending glory, which is the exclusive right of God alone.
Not only does this kind of thinking rob God of His glory, it robs you and I of the ability to realize the advantage we possess as children of God. Paul warns us not to get too carried away with anyone made of the same flesh as we. Why? Because, we have everything they have. Oh, I know, all men are not created equal; but all Christians are recreated spiritually equal. Some may be more familiar with the Bible than you, but that does not guarantee they have more biblical insight than you. Others may pray longer, but no one has any more right to the throne of grace. And there may be those who have known the Lord longer, but none of them can rightfully say they love Him, or are loved by Him, more than you.
Thank God for all the great men and women of faith, past and present, who inspire us in the things of God; but make sure it is He, and not they, who receives all the glory. Glorify Him, first and foremost, for who He is, and all He has done; then, give Him the glory for who you are, and what you have, because of Him.
“All things are yours.” Rejoice; you’ve got it all!