The familiar story from Genesis 11:1–7 about the Tower of Babel is filled with some amazing truths:
- Man was accomplishing great things — greater than at any other time in history. People were using new technology to accomplish a mission that had never been done before. Compassion shares many of these same characteristics.
- There was a fatal flaw in man’s thinking. Their goals were focused on their own glory, “so that we can make a name for ourselves and not be scattered.” Man deeply desires to be recognized for his accomplishments. We all want to be valued. We all want to be part of a winning team: football, politics, or even an esteemed nation. We all want Compassion to be the best — it’s in our Vision Statement. Is the motive for our own glory or the Lord’s? This is the key question.
- God said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” Wow, what amazing potential. What a radical statement from the creator of the universe! But He will only allow this if we speak with one voice for His glory.
- God’s solution was to prevent man from speaking with one language, to bring disunity. Without the ability to speak with one voice, our efforts to build a unified global ministry are slow, frustrating, and relationally challenged.
So what is our challenge? Can we commit to work and speak together with one voice? Is our motivation to glorify the Lord and not bring recognition and glory to ourselves?
Can we assume the best of one another’s intentions, seek ways to honor each other, and appreciate the differences each culture brings?
If we can do this, and do it for His glory, then nothing we set our minds to will be impossible. Think about the kingdom impact that will make!
The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” —Genesis 11:6–7, NIV
Prayer: Lord, please help us do all things to glorify You and not ourselves. Remind us daily that our service is for the greater impact of the ministry and for Your kingdom. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ed Anderson is Compassion’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
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