Who is the greatest person you can think of? When you think of them, you want to be like them, or you wish you could meet them, etc. Do you seem to glorify someone in your mind? Perhaps an athlete, pastor, President, or businessman. Whoever they are, they’re really awesome. But is it really a biblical perspective to think so highly of a man?
If we think about it, no matter what "great things" any one person accomplishes, they are not that great. The could never had done any of their work alone. Perhaps someone raised them or paid for their upbringing. Or someone taught them how to study the Word of God. Or the people who served under them were honest and diligent. Or God gave them many talents and a healthy body. Nobody is that amazing.
1 Corinthians 3:21 says, "Let no man glory in men." To be honest, God orchestrates everything. He provides the opportunity. He give the ability. He coordinates everything. All that is left to man is to wait on Him and do His will.
Why would we say, "Oh what a great man! What a hero!" No general can win a battle alone. Every one of his troops that was courageous enough to fight, deserves recognition. The hardworking blacksmith that diligently forged his sword deserves recognition. The general’s mother that instilled good principles and morals, deserves recognition.
But really, let no man glory in men. No accomplishment, no matter how "great" is truly a great thing. Could not God have done it? Why do we place so much esteem in man? We are all only servants. And even when we do what is our duty to do, we can only say, "We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do." (Luke 17:10)
Don’t have such a high opinion of earthly accomplishments. Such a mentality is worldly, wicked, and vain. Yes, it is proper to respect others. And there should always be a healthy respect for those who follow God’s will and demonstrate Godliness, but we must control our admiration. Let us strive to say as Paul said in Galatians 6:14:
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."