Who makes you superior and sets you apart from another, giving you the preeminence? What have you that was not given to you? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you had not received but had gained it by your own efforts? 1 Corinthians 4:7
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139: 13-14
In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul noted that some of them were thinking more highly of themselves than they should have. They were bragging about their knowledge and who they studied the Scriptures under and who was better than who. They were becoming pirates! And Paul had to put a stop to it. He had to give them a huge dose of reality. And that reality was. Whatever talents or knowledge you have, it was given to you by God. You didn't get any of it on your own. So how can you brag about something someone else gave you?
Have you ever thought about that? That famous Hollywood star was given her talent for acting. That famous football hero was given his talent for sports. Yes, they worked hard to perfect it, but it was a gift from God. How sad that most of them use the talents God gave them to make millions and promote themselves as being above others!
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability. Matt 25:15
Because in the end. we will all be called to give an account to God of what we did with our talents. You may be standing beside that movie star who did nothing but glorify herself, but God will turn to you and smile and place a crown of jewels upon your head and tell you, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." Matt 25:21
Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:31