Steve and I finally had the opportunity this weekend to get to Branson to see the Sight and Sound Theater’s production of “Noah.” They did an amazing job! Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives were blessed with the responsibility and privilege of building this large boat to save all living creatures when God sent a flood to destroy the world. I’ve always greatly admired these eight people (especially the four wives) who spent approximately 370 days shut up with only each other and the animals for companions. After working on the ark for decades, it was finally ready. Noah had spent these years not only building, but I’m sure that he told those around why he was building this large boat. He told them what God had said unto him and urged them to repent. No matter how much they ridiculed him, Noah “walked with God” (Genesis 6:9).
One of the most tragic parts of the story of Noah and his family was portrayed quite well during the stage show. After Noah and his family and the animals were in the ark, God shut the door. Those who were outside of the ark when it started raining, could be heard banging on the door, crying, and pleading with them to open it and let them in. Some of them were family members. Some of the were friends. Even though Noah and his family were so thankful to be safe inside the ark, it must have been heart-breaking, realizing that all of their loved ones were now lost.
You know – I bet that you have friends and family that mean so much to you – I do. Have you done what you can to be a Christian example for them? Have you shared the “good news” of how Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, and rose again on the third day, never to die again? Have you invited those that you love to worship services and shared God’s plan of salvation and the way that He desires for us to worship Him today? Are you living your life in such a way that heaven will one day be your home and others will be there – because of you? Or on Judgment Day, will they be lost because you did nothing?
May you not be selfish with God’s Word, for we are all “simply blessed,” Courtney