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” (Gen. 11:4).
What so special or unique about Christianity? Grace. All other religions teach that we must do something or reach some state of mind to climb up to God. But the Bible tells us that no amount of physical or mental effort can accomplish that. We can make no “stairway to heaven.”
That’s why the story of the Tower of Babel occurs early in the Bible. God graciously makes this unmistakable: creating your own stairway to heaven is not the way to get to God. Instead, the beauty and uniqueness of the Christian message is that, when we could not climb up to God, he came down to us in the person of Jesus Christ.
Because we could never do anything by our personal strength or mental discipline to reach up to God, our gracious heavenly Father lowered his stairway down to us! When we believe that Jesus came to make a way for us to have a secure relationship with our God, then we are forever saved from our earth-bound efforts and secured by his eternal mercy.
Lord, I know that I cannot reach up to you by my own efforts. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down from heaven to save me from my sin and shame by trusting in your mercy rather than anything in my might or mentality.