Genesis 11:1-4 New International Version
The Tower of Babel 11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 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; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
Monday - June 28
The people who built the tower of Babel said they wanted to “make a name for themselves.” This is not necessarily a bad thing. We all want to leave a legacy or make an impact. However, God wants us to leave that up to Him. What I mean is that God has set us free from the need to prove our worth (“make a name” for ourselves) in His eyes through the death and resurrection of Jesus. That is what the Tower of Babel was all about. It was a religious endeavor to rise up to God’s level (a tower in the “heavens”). In Christ we have been set free from trying to impress God and when we stop trying to “make a name” for ourselves we are freed to love others in ordinary ways. It is ordinary, everyday love that leaves a true legacy, like a parent’s love in a child’s life or the faithfulness of a friend.