“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.”
– Genesis 11:4 NIV
These people were the descendants of Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. There were a couple of things wrong with their plan. I’ll focus on one of them today. These people seemed more interested in fame, than faith. They wanted to make a name for themselves, but their plan made no mention of giving glory to God. There are plenty of people in our society today who are famous for being famous. Fame by itself is not evil, just like money by itself is not evil. It’s the love of money that is the root of evil, and fame for the sake of being famous is likewise pointless and evil. Why? Because God has created us to acknowledge and glorify Him. We all have a reason for being here. It’s not just to pay the bills, get promotions, buy a house, etc. God has created us, loves, us, paid for our sins, and ensured us of eternal life in Jesus so that we can use our lives to glorify Him! It’s not about making a name for ourselves, it’s about giving glory to the one who has created and saved us. Live your life in such a way that others will see it, and glorify God. Matthew 5:16 NIV “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” God has given us talents and abilities that others will see. It’s our privilege to thank God for those gifts, and to point others to the one who gives real purpose and meaning to our lives.