Luke 17: 26-27
And as it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
They ate, they drank, they married wives,
they were given in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
All around Noah and his family, the people were carrying on with their life of fun and sin, while Noah and his faithful family kept cutting, pounding and preaching. They lived their lives in singleness of heart and mind, living and breathing only to do the will of their earthly father and their heavenly Father.
What if Noah and his sons had decided to pursue a hobby? What if they had decided to play on a sports team, or follow one? What if they had taken up camel racing? What if they had become gladiators in their free time? What if?
It is not that these things were sin, but these things become sin when they take time that should be used to do what the Father has already asked us to do – be a light, be salt and show the Savior to a dying world.
Where would we be today if Noah hadn’t been faithful to what God called him to do? What impact are we going to have on the future if we aren’t faithful to what God has called us to do?
What about that soul that is going to get saved – if only you take the time to witness.
What about that soul that is going to write a book that will encourage the saints to live a godly life – if only you take the time to encourage that soul in godliness.
What about that soul that is going to be a missionary – if only you take the time to help build faithfulness into their life.
What about that soul whose heart is breaking of loneliness – a heart that could be mended if you would invite them into your home and offer hospitality.
How is the church suffering because you are not contributing the spiritual gift you have been given to use for the benefit of the church? We weren’t gifted to benefit the world and their organizations, we weren’t gifted to benefit ourselves and bring attention and acclaim to ourselves, we were gifted for one purpose and one purpose only – to build up the church, of which Christ is the head.
But, Noah was faithful. As he heard the tormented voices around him, floundering in the flood waters, begging for refuge, he must have had relief in his heart, knowing that he had preached faithfully and they had chosen to reject that message.
But, Lot didn’t preach and didn’t have a faithful testimony. He left behind nearly everybody, with the guilt of knowing he had no credibility, his hands were not innocent of their blood.
We all love to have the Gospel preached at believers' funerals. But, that shouldn’t be the first time our friends and families hear the message connected to our names. Let's them hear it from our lips, as well.