Doing all that we’ve been commanded.

Genesis 7:5 “And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.”

God commanded Noah to build an extremely large ship in the middle of an arid land, where rain was likely a little known thing. He received instruction from God that animals of every sort would come to him in pairs, male and female. Of those animals God called clean, Noah was to take seven of them onto the ark. Likewise, Noah had to store food on the ship for his family and the animals while they would be confined in the ship during the coming deluge that would destroy all living things on earth. Noah obeyed God and fulfilled the mission given him through faith in spite of the abuse he received by those who lived around him and the seemingly insurmountable task of building of a ship in the middle of no where.

My desire is to live a life that is one that leaves a record or legacy that reads, ‘Jason did all that the LORD commanded him.” What a testimony for any believer! In the face of adversity, seemingly insurmountable circumstances, ridicule, shame, and abusive people, the servant of God, Noah, did all that God required of him. One might say that Noah’s mission was a foreshadowing or type of Jesus’ mission on earth. Noah was the chosen one for rebirth of the human race in the flesh whereas Jesus was the chosen One for the rebirth of the human race spiritually. Noah suffered the slings and arrows of evil people around him as he prepared the message of salvation in the ark whereas Jesus suffered the slings and arrows of evil people around him as he prepared the message of salvation in His blood offering on the cross. Likewise, Jesus “did all that the LORD commanded [H]im,” and we know this when He exclaimed on the cross, “It is finished!”

We need to do all that God has given each of us to do. All believers have been the same basic mission of preaching the gospel to every living creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, and to make disciples of them and teach these new disciples all that Jesus commanded us to do. He gave us a new commandment to love one another even as He loved us. In addition, though, God gives each of us a unique set of gifts to be used in the family of God (see Romans 12 and see also 1 Corinthians 12) and to some gifts to be used in training other believers to do what God has given them to do (see Ephesians 4:11). Why does the Spirit of God give these gifts to us in the first place? If we look at part of 1 Corinthians 12, we read, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” The point being that we have a work or service to do that God has given us. The gifts are tools in our toolbox to help us get the job done.

 Let each of us do what God has commanded us to do both in the general sense of being His witness to the world and preaching His gospel to all people everywhere but also in the sense of the specific function that He has given to us within the body of Christ. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12 that the hand can’t say to the foot that it has no need of the other or vice versus. No part of the body exists independent of the others. As all parts of the body take direction/function from the brain (head), we as members of the body of Christ take direction from Him. Let’s get out there and do what God told us to do!

Father, each of us has a given assignment from you to accomplish in this life. Some tasks are easier than others, but no matter how difficult the task you provide. You never send us out in the harvest without the tools we need to bring in the harvest. Strengthen me today, Dad, because I need a bit of encouragement from you. I know that You spoke to Joshua and told him to be strong and of good courage because You were with him no matter where he went. That promise is true even for me in this day and age. Help me to do all that You have commanded me to do, LORD. I want to hear upon entry to Your kingdom, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I strive to finish the race set before me and to have left nothing undone that has been assigned to me. I rely upon You, for without Your grace I cannot accomplish the task. In Jesus’ name, Amen.