We should EXAMINE our ‘MOTIVES’ every day: Then they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. And they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth." (Gen 11:3-4)
The families of the sons of Noah (10:32) got together in the land of Shinar and found a plain area to start a building project – the first of its kind – that would include a city with a skyscraper whose top would reach the heavens. They had devised a new method of baking bricks and using asphalt to hold the bricks together. In their excitement of being involved in this gigantic building project, their conversation with each other reflected their ‘motives’ for building this high tower:
- They wanted to reach to the top heights of glory – even up to the heavens where God is seated on His throne - just like Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-13).
- They wanted to make ‘a name for themselves’ reflecting pride, so that their future generation would honor their greatness, ingenuity and industry, which would put them up on a pedestal.
- They wanted to avoid being scattered that appears to be out of defiance against the rule of God.
- They wanted to reach heaven by their own works instead of receiving grace from God.
Whatever we do in our lives – whether for the kingdom of God or for our personal lives - we need to examine our motives every day, and make sure that God gets the glory in everything we do. If not, God will not be pleased with our efforts and we will receive a curse instead of a blessing from God!
"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Col 3:17)