What You Were Not Made For
In Genesis 11, we are told at this time in history the world had one language. As the people began to settle they said to each other, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” Than as they continued in their plans, they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
God saw the people’s desire for self-glory and not his glory. He saw them strive to secure their will, and not his will. He saw them lifting up their own name, instead of his name. He saw their intelligence, but lack of wisdom. He watched self-seekers, instead of God-seekers. When he came down and confused their language and scattered them, he restored once again what he sent them out to do in the first place, to be fruitful and multiply.
Their amazing plan, was the exact opposite of what God said to mankind, after he created them in Genesis 1:28.
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”
I skimmed over this assuming it was a minor instruction, and also meaning go have babies. I wonder if more than that God was meaning live fruitful lives, plant seeds in hearts, and share my name, so others will do the same. Multiply my kingdom, my glory!
During the ministry of Jesus, he walked with his 12 closest friends much of the time, but everywhere they went, he sought out the broken, the out-castes, and lost people of this world. These people were his purpose, not in the way of it. He was a flame in the night, sharing light to those who were lost. He didn’t keep it for himself. Before he ascended he breathed that flame into his followers, that is the Holy Spirit filled them. Little by little his Kingdom would multiply.
It’s no wonder the last instruction from Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 28, was to go and make disciples of all nations. If you are a believer reading this, think for a moment the journey the gospel had to make for your ears to hear the amazing power and grace of Jesus, and the salvation God offers through him. It was by Christ’s ambassadors; those who came before you that you might be reconciled by Christ to God.
It really sank heavy in my heart to ask God, ‘am I going upward, building a momentary tower for me, or outward spreading an eternal Kingdom for you?’
God made us with unique gifts to fulfill this purpose in many ways. Oh that HE longs to send us! Don’t allow the comfort of being with those who speak your same language, sometimes for me ‘Christianese’, stop you from going out into the world and see who Jesus is asking you to see.
You have been giving a gift that is not of yourself, share that gift, and in doing so fill another country, another town, another home, another heart, with the light of Christ.
1. Pray and ask what towers God may want you to destroy? Ask him to search you heart and thoughts.
2. Ask God who he wants you to see, right where you are. You don’t need to go across the world. Start in your home, work, or neighborhood.
3. Do not judge what you assume are someone else’s towers? Stay in your lane.
4. Let God be the main character in your story!
5. When you make any plans, lay them at God’s feet, and boldly proclaim ‘Let me live ready and willing for my day to be interrupted. Help me see inconvenience as an opportunity to re-focus on your will and plans.