Google+ 10/12/13 Look Out For Big Waves!

1 Peter 3:19-21

 

So he went and preached to the spirits in prison—

Those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat.

Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.

And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you,

Not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience.

It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

As we close our six-part devotion series today entitled, "Now, Go Build My Church!" we turn to Peter for our closing thought on this subject.  Building for God is serious business and should not be taken lightly.  As Peter speaks to the prisoners, he reminds them of Noah.  We often remember the flood but don't remember the reason.  The earth had become very evil.  God decided it was beyond saving.  As a result, God went to one precious soul and asked him to build in obedience.  Ever feel alone?  I do, and this passage of Scripture can be very helpful.  In all the world, Noah was the only one approached and, along with his other seven family members, the only ones saved.  There were millions of people on the earth.  God removed all of them but eight!  Noah would have also been destroyed if not for his blind, building obedience.  Then Peter shares with all the prisoners that the earth was literally baptized that day.  God insists on obedience and a clear and clean conscience.  This is why free repentance is available to all of us every day.  We cannot do His work without being free from the burden of sin.  God forgives and forgets and never brings our sins up again, even when we persist.  His message is always clear about our need to accept Jesus and repent to Him.  When we do, God hears our prayers and blesses all that we do.  The converse is also true.  If we are not like Noah, God's flood will cleanse us from His Kingdom.  Our free will, to choose disobedience, is also honored by God because He loves us.  We can separate ourselves from His love and build our "church" on sinking sands.  If we choose wisely, we will be recipients of God's agape love that is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  If we choose poorly, "Look Out for Big Waves!"