Confusion

Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 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. 4 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.”

In the beginning of this chapter man is trying to reach the heavens and make a name for himself.  It sounds to me like he was trying to get as high as God.  The bible tells us a different way.  James the brother of Jesus told us: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).   Jesus said: “So the last will be first, and the first last” (Matthew 20:16).  We should, however have aspirations.  Where we get confused is when those goals and ambitions outweigh or come before God.  Jesus said: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). When we can come to understand that God created us with a purpose, we can then fulfill that purpose.   He designed each and every one of us.  He also designed us in his image and likeness.  Think of it this way….if you buy a car, and you use it for moving furniture.  It doesn’t work..right?  So when we don’t line up with the purpose that God designed us for, we don’t work.  So you ask…what is God’s purpose for me? His greatest desire is for you to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  The details of where He leads each of us will vary, however God desires us to know God’s word, to keep God’s commands, and to be a witness for Jesus Christ.  God plan for all of us unfolds each day.  The job or career is different for each of us, however God uses these things to mold us into the image of Christ.  If we try to do it without God we will ultimately fail.  Jesus said: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).  That’s pretty clear.  Follow Jesus and He will lift you up.  But if you’re still unsure and don’t know what to say….just say Jesus!