What will you be known for?
After the flood, Noah’s descendants faced a series of questions. For example, “Where would they all live?” and “How would their society function?” Under Noah’s great-grandson Nimrod, they decided to build a great city with a large tower even though there was a previous mandate from God to spread out across the earth (Gen. 9:1). Take a look at their goals:
“…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 earth.” – Genesis 11:4 NKJV
There’s nothing inherently wrong with building a city, or a tower of course, but the issue was motive and theirs was “to make a name for themselves”. It would be a monument so large that future generations would know they’d taken charge of their own destiny. The story of “old-great-granddad building a boat” wouldn’t come close to the ones told of them. Then suddenly, people everywhere started speaking funny. Life-long friends could no longer understand each other…and the project ended.
For us, there’s also a need to be known, but we’re often tempted to focus on the wrong audience. Being known by God is far more important than other people. His approval has eternal value, there’s does not. The tower generation got what they wanted. They did succeed in making a name for themselves, but it’s forever linked to rebellion and failure. Who’s your audience today, whose approval are you seeking, and what will you be known for?