DECLINE BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
20th April 2019
READ: Genesis 11:1-9; 12:1-9; 13:1-2
“…for without me ye can do nothing” – John 15:5b
Jesus said that without being spiritual, that is, close to God, you cannot succeed in this life: “…with-out me you can do nothing….” It may seem like some people achieve a lot without Him, but I tell you that the end of those things is frustration, and emptiness.
The story of the Tower of Babel is a good illustration of men coming together to achieve something for themselves. All their human efforts without God ended in confusion and scattering.
Similarly, all the efforts we make without God will end in confusion and scattering. Many attempts to be happily married have ended in confusion and divorce. Many attempts to be rich have ended in confusion and division. Many attempts at higher education and higher achievement have resulted in confusion and despair.
Only the Lord can do these things for us. A perfect example is found just a few verses after the unfortunate story of the men of Babel. It is the story of Abraham. Abraham lived a life in obedience to God. God told him, “…I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great…(Genesis 12:2, NASB). Isn’t it amazing that all the goals of the men of Babel were promised freely to Abraham? Abraham received every one of these promises.
A life of obedience to and faith in God cannot be compared to a life of sweat and strenuous human efforts for self-establishment and exaltation. That is why I am in the ministry, serving the Lord, obeying Him, and living for Him.