Most people know Noah as the man who built the ark to save his family and different animals. However, do you know that there’s a great lesson we can learn from him if we want to know how to preach the Gospel? Though he lived thousands of years ago, his life is filled with lessons we can learn today!
I mean, why should we even bother to preach the word of God when it seems only a few people care?
Personally, I try to write blogs in order to let people know of the truth of God. Though I am strongly motivated by the thought that God might use my humble effort in calling more people to His church, I can’t help but get discouraged sometimes when I can’t see an immediate result.
As I think about this problem, I was reminded of the perseverance of Noah. It amazes me how similar our world now to his world back when he was still alive.
With these in mind, I was struck by the many lessons we should learn from the life of Noah.
Preaching the Gospel for about 100 years
According to the Bible, Noah started building the ark at age 500 (Genesis 5:32). The flood came when he was 600 years old (Genesis 7:6). II Peter 2:5 mentioned that Noah is a “preacher of righteousness”.
This gives us a clue that he could have preached to the people for at least 100 years!
Now, think about that for a second. I think no one of us today simply can outlast Noah for preaching to the people for one hundred years. I am currently 29 years old and yet, I haven’t spent my whole lifetime preaching the gospel.
If you think about Noah’s dedication, I think it gives us a glimpse of what it truly means to be fully dedicated to doing the work of God.
The tremendous challenge to Noah
Noah did not just preach the word of God for a week, a month, or even a year. He preached it for more than 100 years!
We don’t see Noah complaining. I am sure after a month or year of preaching, Noah could have noticed that his preaching wasn’t working. he might have realized that his constant admonition to people was in vain. It seemed that people aren’t listening.
HE HAD ALL THE REASONS TO STOP. Yet, we see Noah continued tirelessly, warning the people of the coming great deluge.
Imagine people’s reaction at that time. They could have mocked Noah about telling them of rain falling down the earth. Up to this point, it seems to me that rain, as we know it today, was not yet experienced by human beings at that time.
Genesis 2:5-6 states that the earth was watered by mist coming out from the ground. Thus, people really found it hard to believe Noah preaching about rain and flood.
The world was taken by surprise
In Matthew 24:37-29, we read:
“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did NOT understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Though Noah did his best to warn the people about the flood, no one listened to him. In fact, only eight people were saved from the catastrophe that befell the whole world. Even during Christ’s ministry, on the day of Pentecost, only 120 people were found faithful to His words.
A reason to quit?
Does this give us a reason to simply neglect our duty as Christians when it comes to preaching?
In fact, this gives us MORE reasons to preach the Gospel of the coming kingdom of God!
When we preach, it is not just about the people whom we preach to, but there is something that develops within us. Every time we preach and share God’s word, our character is also being built and developed.
God expects us to proclaim His word throughout the world (Matthew 28:19-20). It is not a request, but a COMMAND, regardless if people are listening to us or not!
Whether people listen or not, it is our Christian duty to share the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God. Whether people accept our message or not, the important thing is that we DID OUR PART!
If we don’t, then the words of Paul should also apply to us, “Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel” (I Corinthians 9:16)!
Yes, it is not easy to preach the Gospel to people who don’t seem to care or people who are apathetic and callous. But, as Christians, we are not called to do the easy things, but we are called to do the RIGHT thing.
God’s word will not be in vain
Let us take courage in what the Bible says about God’s word:
“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall NOT return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Yes, we can count on the words of God. What we preach today will NEVER be in vain.
God has a purpose and He will fulfill it through His word. Though we may not immediately see the fruits of our labor, the most important thing is that we did what we are called to do.
We sow the seed. It is up to God to water and give the increase. God’s word is like a seed buried under the ground. We may not see it yet, but the seed has already been planted. When the right time and condition come, the seed will bud into a fragile, yet beautiful plant full of potential!
(This reminds me of the blog I wrote, entitled, “5 little-known lessons we learn from the Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29).” Check it out to learn more about how God works with each of us.)
Brethren, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9). Furthermore, we can be confident that God does not forget our labor (Hebrews 6:10). He always takes note of it and our reward is with Jesus Christ when He finally comes here on Earth. May God speed that day!