The blowfish comes to mind. It has no particular value for the fisherman. Its skin looks like worn out leather. If you turn it over and tickle its bottom it puffs up! People can be like that. A little flattery and tickling of their vanity and they swell right up. Pride inflates them, and they puff up like the blowfish. But there’s nothing substantial about them, they are all air. God desires that we be ‘built up’ in Christ – never ‘puffed up’ with pride.
The continual attitude of God’s children should be the one Paul recommended to the Philippians. He said, ‘Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself’ If we take this seriously we won’t have the characteristics of the puffed-up blowfish. The smaller we become, the more room God has to work.