3 They said to each other, “Let’s make bricks and bake them to make them hard.” So they used bricks instead of stones, and tar instead of mortar. 4 Then they said to each other, “Let’s build for ourselves a city and a tower. And let’s make the top of the tower reach high into the sky. We will become famous. If we do this, we will not be scattered over all the earth.” (Genesis 11)
What are you building?
It’s a simple question with a very complicated answer.
I was teaching the tower of Babel story to our preschool and the question hit me loud and clear. What are you building?
Wow. On a small scale, I’m building my day. Building this sermon. Building memories. Of course, on a bigger scale, I’m building a family. Trying to build a path for our church. Trying to build up people. So many things.
And then, Jesus asked me a follow up question. Who are you building it for? Oh boy. I’d like to stand on a pedestal and say that everything I’m building is for God and his glory. But that’s not what my heart revealed. When I asked, I instantly realized that a lot of my building projects are about me. I build my day to be the easiest and most productive possible. I build a sermon because it’s what I do and I want to get affirmation out of it. I want to keep Resurrection on a right path so that I look good as a pastor. You get the idea.
The sin of Babel is mine. I wanted to build something… for my own glory.
Jesus, please forgive me.
A few things became clear:
- Jesus builds the church – that’s not our job (Matthew 16)!
- Building people is WAY MORE important than constructing a building.
- Whatever I build should be by His leading and for His glory.
- If I should forget the above items, I can expect an awfully confusing day. That’s what happens. Confused. Disoriented. Not sure how to move forward. Babel all over again.
Have a conversation with someone you love.
Which one of those four things stand out to you. What changes can you make?