2 Chronicles 27:6 speaks to every person seeking to achieve great things:
“Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the LORD his God. “(NIV)
The source of his greatness was clear. It was from God. And he needed to learn this.
His father Uzziah was a great king who became proud and eventually died shamefully as a leper. Uzziah forgot that God had placed him where he was and had given him the great power he wielded. He abused his position by daring to offer sacrifices which were only appropriate for the priests to do. In a swift act of judgement, God humbled him with the dreaded disease (chapter 26).
Thankfully, his son learnt from this.
Pride is the great snare of every actual and aspiring leader. It is the temptation to forget that no one has anything, including influence, unless given to him from above. It is the folly of calling oneself ‘self made’. It is the dishonesty of not admitting that grace has placed you where you are. And pride, as the scriptures warn, always lead to destruction.
No one is really self made; we are all grace-made.