“Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth…So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel…” Genesis 11:4, 8-9
Consider your heart. God has created you with amazing abilities and gifts. He wants you to use them productively but to never forget where they came from. In other words, our successes in life should lead to an attitude of gratitude.
The builders of the Tower of Babel were more interested in making a name for themselves. That’s one of the problems with the sin nature. It prompts you to make a name for yourself while diminishing the name and role of God in your life. In this case, God intervened and stopped them by simply removing one of their God-given abilities – the ability to communicate.
The “fisher of men” must never forget this spiritual truth. Until a person is willing to humble himself before God he cannot experience the gift of eternal life. St. Augustine defined pride as “the love of one’s own excellence.” A person must be first willing to get over himself and admit his or her guilt before forgiveness and cleansing can be received. The agenda must change from making a name for oneself to humbling oneself and lifting up the name of the Lord.
But know this, that even the most persuasive “fisher of men” cannot convince a person of their personal sinfulness. That is the role and work of the Holy Spirit. The role of the “fisher of men” is to share the gospel.
Therefore “fishers of men,” beware of the tendency to evaluate your success as a “fisher of men” by the receptiveness of those with whom you share the gospel. Your success has nothing to do with their response but rather your faithfulness to share the gospel. You are to lift up the name that is above every other name and point people to Jesus.
So go do some “fishing.” You’ll “catch” some that the Holy Spirit has been preparing. I look forward to hearing your fishing story next time I see you.
“For this reason God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow-of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth-and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11