Making a Difference

Genesis 6:11-22 “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”

Text Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house”

Have you ever paused to ask yourself if you are making a difference? Noah was a man that impacted the entire known world of his day. The life of every person on the planet was touched by Noah. They were either condemned, “condemned the world” or converted, “saving of his house.” The question we need to consider is, “What caused Noah to make a difference?” Noah was motivated by faith, “By faith Noah.” Having received a word from God, Noah acted on it! Rain, a flood, building a ship; all these things were contrary to the thinking of the natural man, but Noah believed God! Noah was motivated by fear, “moved with fear.” Having an understanding of the holy and righteous character of God, Noah acted in a careful and respectful manner. In spite of the fact that “God is love” (I John 4:8); God’s holiness demands the judgment of sin. All but those that sought safety in God’s means of deliverance, the ark, would be destroyed. Because of the impending doom, now was no time to be idle. Noah was motivated by family, “his house.” Noah not only loved God, but Noah loved those about him, especially his family. Because of that love, Noah must not only be busy as God’s workman; Noah must be God’s witness. Noah not only declared the doom, but the deliverance; the means of escape. For all that would believe God and come God’s way; there was a haven of safety. Because of his faith, fear, and family, Noah ended up making a difference! The condemned can be converted; but it requires a workman and a witness!