What Will Define Your Life (Part 2)

by Tom Andrasi on January 29, 2013

in Jesus, Old Testament

In Part 1 of this post we saw how it is God in fact who chooses us, not through any pre-existing goodness or virtue on our part, but solely by way of his unmerited grace. 4340589945_d748c58233

Once we allow the truth of this to sink in, our hearts are drawn to God and out of a sense of love and gratefulness we can begin to turn our affections from what the world is occupied with to what instead pleases God and causes us to “find favour” with him.

We saw how all of this played out in the life of Noah:

  • God chose Noah and bestowed grace on him
  • because of God’s grace, Noah’s heart and desires turned to him
  • the work of grace gave Noah the strength to stand against the influence of the world
  • Noah living in grace pleased God
  • grace operating in Noah was the reason for him being saved from judgement
  • grace ultimately defined Noah’s remaining days

What is the significance of the ark?

As we move on in the narrative of Noah’s life, we suddenly find ourselves considering the ark that God told him to build and wondering if it is more than just a huge boat. As events unfold, we tend to focus on God and how he kept the occupants of the ark safe from the surrounding storm. Looking at it from a different perspective, we can also see judgement being poured out on those who not only rejected Noah’s warnings, but also rejected the God of Noah.

Just as those who rejected God’s offer of grace and faced the flood waters of his judgement, we can see how this prefigures the judgement that will be faced by all those who  reject the protection provided in Christ. Whoever is found outside of Christ will also one day face utter destruction. (2Peter 3:7)

This is not just a historical accounting of events that took place long ago, it also shouts warnings to us about what is to come if we reject God’s offer of grace and choose to live outside of Jesus Christ.

The ark of old points us today to the reality of the salvation provided for us in and through Jesus:

  • as the building of the ark seemed foolish to those in Noah’s day, so today the word of the cross seems foolish to those who are perishing (1Cor 1:18)
  • as the ark was provided by God to provide safety from his wrath for those who believed, we today are offered safety in Jesus Christ. (John 3:16, Rom 5:1, 9)
  • as the ark was the one and only means of avoiding the flood, so Jesus is the “only” way. (Acts 4:12)
  • as the ark provided absolute security to those inside, so Jesus provides absolute security to those who are found in him. (Col 3:3)
  • as those who remained outside of the ark were lost in the flood, so those “outside” of Christ will also perish. (2Thess 2:10, John 3:18)

What ultimately defines us

In the end, we see that what will really define our lives is not so much how we spend our working life, who we marry, or were we live, or a million other worldly distractions. It boils down to accepting the grace that God extends to us through Jesus Christ and choosing him as our “ark” of safety. It is God’s promise and work on our behalf that will secure our future and our hope.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:38-39)

So in the end, what will define your life?

© 2013-2015, Tom Andrasi

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