I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvelous
[are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well (Psalms 139:14).
There is a well known Humanistic Psychologist by the name of Carl Rogers.
Much of his theory and practice of "Person Centered Therapy" is taught and
widely used today. Rogers is a man who seems to have revolutionized the way counseling and
therapy is done in our nation. And while Rogers' ideas contain important principles and
excellent practices, it seems that somewhere in the mix he forgot God (intentional as it
As we think of what makes a person a person--or more close to home--what makes us who we
are individually, there are many theories and philosophies as to how indeed we become
"a person." Much of what is considered is wrapped up in the framework of
experience and opportunity, explaining who we are in terms of what has made us rather than
And while we expect that a man without God is a self-made man, we would not expect that
one who is of God would be a self-made man as well. There is a sad but very real truth
concerning the church today--it is full of self-made men and women, some more self-made
than others. The point being that as we define who we are based upon what we have done, we
see ourselves more in the light of our own works and accomplishments than in light of what
God has done. We see ourselves in terms of our own abilities, self-effort, and personal
choices. In short, we begin to ascribe a worth to ourselves that excludes God.
But we have heard that without God we can do nothing, and with God all things are
possible, His grace is sufficient, our God shall supply all of our needs, He is our Rock,
our Fortress, our Salvation. . . If becoming a person is limited to the sum total of our
experiences, where does the work of God in our lives fit into that.
If we see ourselves based upon what we have accomplished, then we cannot see the potential
of what God can do in and through each of us. We would continue going through our lives,
doing the best we can. We would make choices for our future that we think would make us
happy and then hope for the best, and hope God will bless. But God wanted us to see that
there is much more than that. There is a greater joy in being a God-made person.
God is the Master builder. He knows the you who you are, and He knew what kind of life to
design for you that would best fit the you who you are. He knows everything about you, and
lets face it, He knows more than you about you. You don't trust a person who kind-a-sort-a
knows how a car works to fix your car. Instead you trust it to someone who knows very well
how the car works, what it needs, and how to fix it.
From the beginning of each of our lives, God begins to prepare us and develop us for what
He has designed us to do. He knows what the finished you will look like. When we see what
we can do and become awed by ourselves, we become very dangerous to our future. We may
begin to weigh the limited number of facts we have and decide what we are to do with the
"you" God is making us to be. Our trouble starts when we take the clay out of
God's hands because it looks like a cup, and we start using it as a cup--not realizing He
was making a vase.
We must let the vase become the vase. We can only do this by submitting to God and
allowing Him to direct our paths--daily. We as Christians often attack the ideas of
Humanistic Psychology that promote the making of self in this life and the becoming a
person aside from God. Yet, when we who call God "Lord and Master" take the clay
out of His hands and use it as we desire, then we fit in the mold of a godless ideology to
raise the banner above our heads which proclaim, "I am a self-made man."
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing
formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power
over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto
Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city,
and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what [shall
be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a
little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we
shall live, and do this, or that (James 4:13-15).