In Genesis 11, the people living on the plain of Shinar built their city as a way to defend themselves against being scattered by future enemies. But what if instead of defending against possible enemies, they had built their city to welcome potential enemies?
What if they had
invited everyone in instead of trying to keep people out? What if
instead of wanting to be known for their tower, they had set their
sights on being known as a safe haven and a welcoming home to anyone who
What if instead of building a tower that reached to the heavens, they focused on being a community that pointed to Heaven?
if we tried to be more welcoming in our own lives? What if we let down
our emotional defenses, stopped showing off with false pride and
bravado, and just let people in? What if we focused on having real
relationships with co-workers, strangers, and even our enemies? What if
we opened ourselves, completely, to anyone?
people of Shinar, we might be attacked, we might be hurt, we might be
taken advantage of if we let ourselves be that vulnerable.
we also might gather people to ourselves in genuine comradery like
never before. That degree of vulnerability is what Jesus used to gather
His community. He opened Himself - was hurt - and was triumphant. From
the start, Jesus knew that any pain He suffered, including emotional
pain, was worth it for the sake of inviting others to Himself.
you invite others to yourself? Will you let them see the open,
defenseless you, so that perhaps they can be open and defenseless with
you? Will you be a tower of emotional vulnerability pointing to Heaven?