January 4 – Today’s Readings – Genesis 10-12 and Psalms 4
Good morning all. I want to focus on 2 things from our readings today.
Genesis 11:4 refers to the tower that men began to build. They did it of course to make a name for themselves – to appear to be the most powerful – to be the “top dog”. “Then 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 and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
God judged their activity as unacceptable and scattered all the people – altering their languages. This having been said, my mind turned to the fact that there was nothing inherantly wrong with a few things:
1. Building a tower. 2. Being in unity. 3. All speaking the same language.
What was “wrong” was the motive of people’s hearts. The Church of today would function with much more authority if we all spoke the same language, (the language of unity and holiness) and had one purpose. If we were united under a large vision to do big things for God and to function truly as one body. I believe that “nothing would be impossible” for the Church even in our day. We must guard our hearts as churches so that we are not building our own kingdoms – for our own glory but rather for His Kingdom and His Glory.
On another but related note – how can we ignore the call, the commission and the blessing of Abraham in our reading today? Genesis 12:2 reads; “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Please understand that the blessing and call of Abraham is for YOU and I TODAY! You too have been called to forsake the old and become part of a new nation for God. You too have been blessed and will continue to be blessed by God so that you too can be a blessing to people of all sorts. The purpose of all this of course is that the Father may be glorified through you and that many people may come to know Him through us. May God bless you today – you children of Abraham – you ambassadors of Christ!
1. How do you suppose you and I and the rest of the Church can achieve the unity of the Spirit and become of “one of mind”?
2. How (specifically) does God want to make you a blessing so that people are blessed through you?