As we enter a new year,
what are we, as a congregation, going to accomplish this year? It might
surprise you that the Son of God refers to some of the world as being wiser
than the children of light. Jesus specifically stated:
for the children
of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light
We can even learn some
valuable principles from those who were building the tower of Babel. God
recognized four attributes of the builders of that tower that would enable
them to accomplish what they set out to do, unless He interfered. Those
principles are stated at:
Gen. 11:6, And
the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and
this they begun to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which
they have imagined to do.
The people were one;
They were of one language;
Now nothing will restrain them from doing;
That which they have imagined to do.
Although the people
were attempting to accomplish something that God did not want them to do; the
same attributes that they possessed, as mentioned by the Lord, are needful and
essential for the church of our Lord to accomplish the will of the Lord.
Let us now consider
each one of those desirable qualities.
FIRST OF ALL, THEY WERE UNITED AS A PEOPLE IN THAT WHICH THEY
SET OUT TO DO.
The people were one.
We need to be united both as a congregation and as a brotherhood.
Psalm 133, Behold,
how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
We need to be united in heart
Acts 4:32, And
the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul:
neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his
own; but they had all things common.
Be willing to forgive.
Eph. 4:32, And
be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God
for Christs sake hath forgiven you.
It is essential that we be united upon the doctrine of the new
We need to contend for the doctrine that was once and for all delivered
unto the saints during the first
Jude 3, Beloved,
when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was
needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly
contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
As the New Testament church, we should endeavor to keep the unity of
the Spirit in the bond of peace because we hold the following seven basic
truths in common.
Eph. 4:3-6, Endeavoring
to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and
one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one
faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all.
Only those things found in the new covenant pertains to life and
2 Pet. 1:3, According
as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and
godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and
d. Doctrines of men are vain!
Matt. 15:9, But
in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
SECONDLY, THEY WERE OF ONE LANGUAGE.
The entire human race spoke one language.
It is the will of the Lord that we strictly adhere to the new covenant
and thus speak the same thing!
1 Cor. 1:10, Now
I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all
speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be
perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Pet. 4:11, If
any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;
1 Pet. 3:15, But
sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness
THIRDLY, NOTHING WOULD RESTRAIN THEM FROM DOING WHAT THEY SET OUT TO
There is an old saying: Action speaks louder than words! In the
context in which it is usually used this is true. However, religious activity
separate and apart from the Word of God is indeed vain.
These ancient people were actually doing what they set out to do.
The church of Christ will only be blessed by the Lord if we remain
faithful in abiding in a thus saith the Lord.
We should remain optimistic that the Lord will bless our action in His
Col. 3:17, And
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God and the Father by him.
Phil. 4:13, 19, I
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
But my God shall supply
all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Rom. 8:28, 31, And
we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose.
If God be for us, who
can be against us?
Under the direction of Nehemiah, the children of Israel had a mind to
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 4:6, So
built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half
thereof: for the people had a mind to work.
James 1:22, But
be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
WHICH THEY HAVE IMAGINED TO DO.
Certainly vision that is in harmony with the Will of the Lord is both
needful and essential
The Great Commission provides for us the ultimate vision in reaching
out to lost humanity.
Matt. 28:18-20, And
Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven
and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you
always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Without vision in planning ahead, a local congregation will eventually
perish. This was also true concerning Gods people of the Old Testament.
Prov. 29:18, Where
there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is
Brethren, lets be up
and about the Lords work by working in His vineyard.