Hebrews 11:7 – “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
I’m not a business person. I have never been a business person, but I have heard my husband talk about “ROI” several times. ROI stands for “return on investment”. This means, basically, that you get back in profit what you put in. Or at least that’s my layman’s understanding of it. I’m sure that’s not the correct business definition, BUT I am not a business person – so it’s all good.
Anyway, let’s talk for a minute about Noah and his ROI. Noah is a Bible hero. He endured super tough circumstances and came out on God’s side. He chose God at the beginning of his life and walked beside Him the rest of the way. The people of Noah’s time we’re not good. The Bible tells us that their thoughts and actions were evil continually (Genesis 6). God was sad that He had created man and that they had chosen so horribly. But then He remembered Noah. And so He chose to rescue Noah and his family from impeding judgement. And judgement it was. The whole entire earth covered in water and destroyed. I can’t imagine what Noah and his family must have felt.
Especially after the fact that he had preached about the upcoming rain for 120 years. One hundred twenty years!! And no one listened. Can you imagine how sad that made Noah on the day it started to rain and all those people that he had been preaching to decided that maybe he was right? God had determined it was too late. They had their opportunity and they chose to scoff and mock Noah instead of turning and getting their hearts right with Him.
Noah had zero return on the time he invested, outside of his family of course. Noah preached and taught with the power of God on his side and no one listened. Do you ever feel like Noah? Do you get to see the ROI on all that you do for Christ? Probably not. But that’s okay. You see, we aren’t working here on earth for praise and recognition. We are working here because God loves us and gave His one and only Son for us. We work because we want to show our love and adoration to Him. We don’t really need an ROI to keep going. One day, when we are in Heaven, we will see the ROI. We will be with our Savior forever and ever. That, my friend, is a return on investment if I have ever dreamed of one.
So this week, remember that you must keep working even if you don’t see the dividends. All your dedication, all your hard work, all those hours in prayer will eventually show fruit. You may just have to wait for Heaven to see it.