The Dangers of Tower-Building

Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” – Genesis 11:4

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I think it is a good idea for a person to have goals, but when you consider them as a whole do they fall into the category of “making a name for yourself” or “making a name” for God?

To illustrate, the early citizens of Babel had great ambition. They wanted to make a name for themselves and build a monument to their great strength, intelligence, and ability. They seemed to think that by remaining together (unified in their ambition), they could not be defeated or hindered from attaining fame and notoriety. Unfortunately, they ignored (or, at best, forgot) one little thing. God was in charge, desired ALL the glory, and had given mankind the command to fill the earth and subdue it. Their mission (in spite of the one God had given Adam) became self-preservation and self-promotion. They were more interested in making a name for themselves than making a name for God and, as a result, God scattered them.

What about you, your church or your organization? For what do you labor? Are you working to increase God’s reputation or your own? Be careful that you do not build monuments to your glory instead of God’s. He takes that very personally and He can certainly “scatter” you, too.

Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire. – William Penn

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