God had a mission for a man named Noah in the Old Testament. He was to build an ark before the flood arrived. God’s mission for Noah wasn’t just about his own salvation and safety. The mission was to save anyone that would believe and get on the ark. In fact, Noah preached and pleaded for years while the ark was being build for people to believe and be saved from the coming judgment. Sadly, only Noah’s family would set foot on the ark and find salvation.
Noah’s mission meant sacrifice and a change of priorities for Noah and his family. He could no longer look at people the same way he had before. He know that they would either believe and get on the ark or they would be swept away in the flood. Life could not go on as normal. He could not simply sit around with an ark to build, judgment coming, and so many that he loved refusing to believe. Noah had to go “All-In” with the mission of God.
Just like Noah, we have been given a very clear mission. Jesus clearly summed it up for us in Matthew 28:19-20, our Great Commission. If we are to see the mission accomplished, it will indeed take a total reorganization of our priorities and the way we view life and people. We cannot simply sit around with so great a task to accomplish, judgment coming, and so many that WE love reusing to believe. Noah was “All In” with the mission of God. How about you?
We have a clear, fresh vision from God as a church body. Like Noah, we are called to be “All-In.” Over the next few weeks, we will look at Old Testament characters that were “All-In with God. We will try to understand some ways that WE can be “All-In” as a church as we seek to reorient our lives to His mission.