Monday, December 12, 2016

Get to Work

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

One of my favorite sections of the New Testament is in the book of Hebrews, specifically chapter 11, which deals with faith. I’m inspired by the examples of those in the past that lived full-out for God. I want to be like that, and I think you do too, right?

Each person mentioned in Hebrews 11 made their true faith known by the things they did.  They demonstrated a principle that is consistent throughout Scripture: True faith always produces righteous works. James said it well, “Faith without works is dead” [2.26].

One example we read about is Noah, characterized in Scripture as “a righteous man, blameless in his time… [who] walked with God [Genesis 6.9].

First, I can't imagine living to be 120 years old, much less devoting 120 years to produce something never seen before (a boat the size of a destroyer), to protect me from something never experienced before (a deluge of rain). But Noah could, and did!

The sheer magnitude and timespan of his task made Noah’s faith unique. It’s doubtful that God would ask anyone in our time to do something similar. But it does beg the question, if Noah could stay the course and see his assignment through to completion, can't we do the same?

Let’s pursue our ministries as faithfully and persistently as Noah did his. True faith works.

By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Hebrews 11.7

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