Posted by Andrew VanderPloeg
There are lots of reasons why we feel that quality communications are worth our time and effort. If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you’ll likely know that we have either explicitly or implicitly touched on some of those reasons in past posts.
But the one I wanted to hone in on today actually comes from my reading of Genesis chapter 11 last night. If that reference doesn’t sound familiar already, Genesis 11 contains the well known account of the tower of Babel.
Verses 4-7 (ESV) read as follows:
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." And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the LORD said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech."
I was especially caught up with the thought that after outlining that the people building the tower were one people and of one language, God concludes: “nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them”. Think about that for a minute...”nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them”…all because they were united in purpose and communication.
And I think that’s the lesson for us even today. The only difference being that our intentions need to be God-honoring. By building on a foundation of God-honoring intentions, and with His blessing, we can then use clear communications to achieve great things for God’s Kingdom.