As in the Days of Noah & A Life 'Lived'?

By | 06:30:00 1 comment
I was chatting with a brother yesterday when a phrase from Francis Chan's book Crazy Love popped into mind, (Good to see a great review of Crazy Love on Relevant?).

"We never grow closer to God when we just live life; it takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness."
Francis Chan

Our conversation had been about how bad things must get to be as 'in the days of Noah'. But I was thinking of how Jesus doesn't relate to the wickedness of man before the flood in Matthew 24 but on ordinary issues - here's the text

""But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."
Matthew 24:37-39

We know from Genesis that God was angered because the thoughts of men were continually evil, and to be honest I don't think much has changed; men are still thinking wickedness. But in the words of Jesus we see that men were "Eating, Drinking, Marrying & Giving in Marriage" I think the point Jesus is bringing out here is that it is days & lives filled with normal living that will be the common state of man when He returns.

Here's the general breakdown of an average day;
Go to work, come home, eat tea while neighbours is on TV.
Evenings can be filled with many things for many people; eg. pub, flake out on couch with TV remote, cinema, shopping.... .... ....simply living an existence that will be meaningless in 50 years from now never mind eternity.

Do I (we) really want our lives to look this way when we stand before Christ looking back on life?
Or am I (are we) willing to change direction & shake things up in lives that are obsessed with Christ?
Can we set about deliberately and attentively pursuing God in our lives?


Timotheus said...

Thanks for that challenge brother. Good point too about the list of things going on when Christ returns. Never really thought of it like that.