Unholy Ambition


And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Genesis 11:5-6

            What am I building today?  If it is something God does not like nor approve of, He won’t come (most likely) and destroy it while it is in its infancy.  My unholy ambition will prosper according to my efforts.  It will be a while before I see the unwelcome fruits of my labor.  God’s inspection, and/or judgment, may occur after my death.

            The towers of Babel reached high in the sky before God inspected them and pronounced judgment.  He marveled at their ambitious undertaking but in the span of His vastness and glory, it was laughable.

            What I build with my hard work appears to work for a while.  I might even be fooled by what I suspect is blessing.  Ambition does produce some stunning results on its own but self-made efforts and God-breathed success are two totally different things.  To know the difference, I must think with the mind of Christ.  And to have the mind of Christ, I must be humble, teachable, and ever immersed in the Word.

Give me your eyes for my work today.  Am I building a tower of babel or a temple?  Amen

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