March 29, 2017
Monument to Self
During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King's Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, "I have no son to carry on the memory of my name." He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom's Monument to this day. 2 Samuel 18:18
You’ve heard the phrase “memo to self.” Have you heard the phrase from today’s passage “monument to self?” Here’s what it looks like.
It is a tall pillar erected with pride and greed, decorated with lust and power. Blowing in the breeze at the top are banners of momentary pleasure and self-gratification. There, for all to see, chiseled in big letters, is the name of its maker. But one of the big problems with a monument to self is its foundation. It is never dug deeply enough to hold the thing upright. It is only a matter of time before someone yells, “Timber!” or “Fore!” or whatever one yells for a falling monument. Monuments to self always come crumbling down.
There is only one “monument” that can stand--a life transformed by Jesus. It is erected by grace through faith, “decorated” by the atoning blood of the Perfect Sacrifice. And there, in its deep, solid foundation is chiseled the name of its Maker. This life will stand forever.
Father, show us now if we have erected any monuments to self. If so, help us tear them down. May Your great name be chiseled on our hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.