What if you had been Noah? That is, if Noah had possessed your characteristics, would the Bible story have to be changed? The story of the flood and a man “perfect in his generations” is a very familiar one. God was disgusted with the continually sinful lives of the people of that time. Finding Noah to be a righteous man, God gave a very unique command. Build an ark to save yourself! Is the world so different today? Peter’s cry on Pentecost is still applicable today: “Save yourselves!”
If you had been Noah, would you have found favor in the eyes of God? This is a matter that is too serious to simply take for granted. Is your life or character fit for spiritual work? Preparation is essential for one to be useful in God’s kingdom. First, there must be the remission of sins by becoming a Christian. Our preparation is just beginning. We must seek God diligently. By applying ourselves to God’s word we may be an approved workman (2 Tim. 2:15). Readiness is a factor that sometimes is overlooked. Properly prepared Christians are ready and willing to take up some spiritual work. “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (Ezra 7:10). Are you prepared as Ezra was? If not, you better get ready now!
There is responsibility in being a Christian. One cannot evade this and have any hope of heaven. The idea of not taking any responsibility as a member of the church is absurd. Yet men and women are frequently guilty of this. When some work is mentioned as needing to be done it is easy to say, “Let someone else do it” or “I’ll help, but I won’t be responsible for it.” Such reasoning hinders all Christians in serving the Lord and reaching their potential as servants of God. We can’t bury our “talents” in earth and expect to be rewarded (Mt. 25:14-30). The early disciples took the Lord’s cause to heart as they “went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). When we refuse to teach others or fail to do our part in the church, we demonstrate that we would not have built the ark. No one will be saved on the works and deeds of others. We will either be saved or lost based upon our own deeds according to God’s Word (Jn 12:48 f; 2 Cor 5:10,11).
The church has been plagued by institutional issues in recent times and the effect of modernism is easily seen. Some Christians will tow the line on the “issues” but fail to see or show little concern about the rest of God’s pattern. The home is very much a part of God’s plan. His way is right. What one wears, how one lives from day to day in relation to others are questions whose answers are to be found in God’s pattern. God has a plan for your life. Are you following it?
Sympathy and efforts are misplaced today. Rather than trying to see how someone could be saved separate and apart of the church, we ought to be trying to get them in the church. Instead of worrying whether God will have mercy on some good person who has never obeyed the gospel, we ought to be trying to teach them the gospel.
Yes, people are going to be lost and the sooner we accept that fact, the sooner we will begin to work at saving the few who are seeking to be saved. Are you satisfied with God’s way? Then let’s act like it. First, save yourself, live a good and moral life worth following, study God’s Word diligently, and be prepared to teach others the way, the truth, and the life ( 1 Tim 4:16 ff; 2 Tim 2:2; 2 Tim 4:2-5).