“The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” Gen. 11:6
It is difficult to know what to make of God’s words here: “…nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.” Really? Us humans who have been acknowledged by God for our tendency toward wickedness? God gives us a glimpse here of something fascinating, but in the given context it is easy to miss the weight of what He said. For those at the tower of Babel, their motives were wrong to be sure, because at the center they had faith in themselves. Since then, our language has been confused, causing the basic act of communicating to be a sign of our lack of unity, and in turn a cause for frustration. And God appears to have done this to slow our progress – not because God dislikes progress – but because this progress had, at its core, human achievement apart from God. God does not have a problem with men working together in unity to accomplish great things, but rather their motives. So how does this apply to us today?
“…Truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Matthew 17:20
These words of Jesus are not unlike the words of God the Father from Genesis. The context is different to be sure; but when you consider that mystically speaking, the church and all who follow Christ as Messiah form one body which transcends the boundaries of countries and ethnicities. Our unity is not in our language, but in a much stronger common denominator: Our faith in God and Christ. And when that faith grows and matures into love, and compassionate outpouring manifests to those in need, with a pure heart for serving God and furthering His kingdom, then the mountains begin to move.
Men too often forget we are made in the image of God. These passages illustrate our human potential when our motives are pure, and we strive to bring glory to God. The gospel is a call to action for our faith, not just individually but as one body; If God and Jesus have both told us that nothing will be impossible for us, what are we waiting for?
“Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2