Monument to Self | 2 Samuel 18:18
2 Samuel 18:18 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.
Absalom had all the outward trappings of significance. In all of Israel, “there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance.” However, true significance is never generated from the outside, and inwardly the young man was experiencing a “significance famine.” After trying to overthrow his father David and assume the kingship, he built a monument to himself.
Here’s what a monument for significance 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. Chiseled in big letters for all to see is the name of its maker.
The problem with a monument for significance is the shallow foundation. It’s only a matter of time before the breeze blows it down. There is only one monument of significance that can stand: A life transformed and made significant by Jesus. That monument is erected by grace through faith, adorned with the atoning blood of the Perfect Sacrifice. There in its deep, solid foundation is written the name of its Maker. A life made significant by Jesus will stand forever.
Father, show us the utter futility of building personal monuments. May we always find our significance in you and you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.