Our Faithfulness Can Benefit Others

One of the things we see about Noah and the flood is that God didn’t just save Noah. There were 8 people on that ship, even though the Bible only talks about Noah’s righteousness. We know that Noah’s righteousness was due to faith and obedience, not due to the fact that Noah always got it right. However, because of Noah’s righteousness, Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives were all preserved on the ship.

On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in. – Genesis 7:13-16, ESV

They got on the ark and then God shut the door. In other words, it wasn’t an accident that they were saved. God knew and permitted them to enter the boat along with Noah. And once they were all safely aboard along with their cargo of animals, God Himself sealed them up so that they didn’t have anything to fear from the rain that was about to fall. Think about that for a second. Why couldn’t Noah have done it? He likely could have, but this is a personal act of God. He’s taking part of their retreat into safety. He wanted to make sure everything was done right, so that Noah and his offspring would be saved. Why? Simply because Noah was faithful.

Scripture is filled with examples of how our faithfulness should benefit others. We are to minister to the widow, the orphan, and the poor. This is a command repeated over and over again. In no case is there an additional requirement for them to be walking with Christ. When we are told to love our neighbor as ourselves, it doesn’t say, “so long as he or she is walking appropriately in Christ.” We are the instruments of God’s mercy and love, or at least, we’re supposed to be. When we’re obedient, we are. When we are faithful to the instruction He has given us in the Bible, we get it done. Others benefit and some may even come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Ultimately this is what we want, but it’s not the determining factor for why we do it. We do these things because they should He commanded us to do so and they show how awesome our God is. In other words, when we act accordingly, we bring Him glory.

Don’t get me wrong. Got can use our example of faithfulness to bring someone to salvation. That is why a Christian who is married to a non-Christian should not seek divorce but only separate upon the initiation of the other party. The Bible tells us that the reason God makes this rule is, “For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?” (1 Corinthians 7:16, ESV) The thing is, we don’t know all that God is going to do through our faithfulness. However, we can assume that others will potentially benefit from our obedience and surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. He will use us to touch others. So let us yield not just for our own sake (salavation) but also for those around us, including our friends and family.

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