Noah’s life must have been such a trip. First… to hear the voice of God so clearly. Hello? Wild. But he didn’t just hear it – he listened to it. He obeyed. “Yeah… so I’m going to cover the whole earth with water, and I want you to build a big floating house so you and your family will be saved, mmm’kay?” Right.
Noah didn’t just obey part way… he committed. Genesis 7:5 says that he “did everything that the Lord commanded him.” Everything. He didn’t short-cut the construction process, substituting materials that were easier to get his hands on than what God had prescribed. He didn’t neglect to take a skunk on the boat with him because it would make his journey more comfortable. He didn’t rush ahead of God and force his way onto the ark before the time God had appointed. He did everything, just as the Lord had said, even though his mind must have been reeling at the things the Lord had been telling him. That’s some serious obedience right there.
I love this quote from #shereadstruth today: “Obedience to God was the gift Noah gave to the next generation. When we obey God, we are storing away treasure for those who will come behind us.”
We all will leave some kind of legacy. What that legacy will be hinges on how we respond to God, and whether we are willing to obey, even in – especially in – the tough moments. My word for this year is “cultivate” – what could grow if I became intentional about the testament I am creating for those who follow? For my children?
How would your life be different if you were focused on leaving a positive legacy? Would your priorities and your sensitivity to people’s needs change? Would your life exhibit more love and forgiveness?
I love these words from Steve Green:
May all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe,
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.
I can say anything I want… it’s what I DO that will echo throughout eternity. I want to leave a legacy. How about you? If you could be remembered for one thing, what would you want it to be?