Genesis 11 documents the construction of the Tower of Babel. Notice the frame of mind described in Genesis 11:4 and the real goal of these people who had settled in the land of Shinar.
“Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
Lord willing, you’ll hear a lot about BUILDING this year. On this first Lord’s day of 2021, let’s resolve to build with more than sand.
“Let us make a name for ourselves.” Many will approach this new God-given year with the same mindset—on the job, in the community, on social media, even in their acts of worship and expressions of religious devotion. “Let us make a name for ourselves.”
When we “build” with the goal of making ourselves look great, we’ve missed the point of the opportunities, talents, and time provided by our Creator. To act as if we’re self-sufficient apart from God is foolishness (John 15:5). Life without God as the starting point, the center, and the ultimate goal is vanity (Eccl 12:13). On our own, we may “build” for a time, but we are only building with sand (James 4:14). So let’s resolve on this first Sunday of the year to build with more. Here’s a start:
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Ps 115:1)