When we hear about a "self-made man," it usually refers to someone who had very little and became wealthy and influential all on his own. Abraham, the father of our faith, also became wealthy, influential, and left an amazing legacy for the whole world, but his label reads a "God-made man." Abraham was living in a land where his father and relatives had settled when God spoke to him, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing" (Genesis 12.1–2 NIV).
God said to him, "I want to take you and make you." Abraham wears the label "God-made man" because he willingly trusted God to take him to a land unknown to him, and he trusted God to make him fully into the person He created him to become. God promised to make Abraham into a great nation, to make his name great, and to bless all the people on earth through him. God fulfilled His promises to Abraham, and it was through the lineage of Abraham that Jesus Christ was brought to this world. So you and I are the children of Abraham through our faith in Jesus Christ (see Galatians 3:29).
Notice that when Jesus called His disciples, He said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19 NKJV). "I will make you" means He will enable us to become everything He calls us to be. You see that God's pattern is to take us and make us. He's saying to us what He said to Abraham, "I want to bless you and make you into a blessing here on this earth. I want you to wear the label "God-made." I will bless those who bless you. I'll make your name great."Abraham was not called by God because his faith was perfect. He was called by God because he was willing to follow and believe God, and along his journey he "was strengthened in faith" through God's promise (Romans 4:20 NKJV). That is how Abraham became a "God-made man," and that is how we become the same! Just be willing, and He will take and make you!