“But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.” – Genesis 6:19-21
When we think about Noah’s ark, the most memorable thing we can remember is that he brought two of every single animal into the ark. What a wonder it must have been to be inside that ark. Every single animal there was in perfect harmony, not eating each other, not killing each other. In truth though, that must have been really heavy on Noah. God called, Noah to be the caretaker of all the species of animals in the world. That was Noah’s calling.
The Bible did not say what Noah did for a living, but we do know that God told Noah to bring in the animals, and to feed and care for them. It could have been possible that Noah knew nothing about animals, while it could have been possible that Noah knew everything about animals. The only thing that Noah knew, was that it was his purpose and calling to save the lines of humanity and of every creature on earth.
In the future, one of the top skills we would be able to have is the skill of combining things. We see this today with different fields, from architecture all the way to the martial arts. People are combining what they know, all so that they may complete the work that was set before them.
When God calls us into his purpose, we should try to make use of every single part of us that can help in completing the work God called us to do. Ecclesiastes 9:10a says, “Whatever work you do, do your best.” That means taking all that we have and piecing it together to serve the purpose of God in our lives.
What hinders us in today’s world is motives. More often than not, we find ourselves working ourselves down to the ground for wrong motives. What helped Noah was his singularity of purpose. For him, his life was meant to build the ark and fill it with animals, nothing else. He was meant to continue life on earth, and all he did was that. He did not spend time creating chairs of luxury so that as they sat in the ark they could have comfort. He did not think of what he can get in return. For him, he enjoyed working for God, and fulfilling the work that God placed in His heart. That is a reminder for us as Christians. As we continue with our weeks, do we have the work of God in our hearts?
There was a story of one of Andrew Carnegie’s top executives. When the company founded by Andrew Carnegie was taken over by the U.S. Steel Corporation in 1901 it acquired as one of its obligations a contract to pay the top Carnegie executive, Charles M. Schwab, the then unheard of minimum sum of $1,000,000. J.P. Morgan of U.S. Steel was in a quandary about it. The highest salary on record was then $100,000. He met with Schwab, showed him the contract and hesitatingly asked what could be done about it.
“This,” said Schwab, as he took the contract and tore it up. That contract had paid Schwab $1,300,000 the year before. “I didn’t care what salary they paid me,” Schwab later told a Forbes magazine interviewer. “I was not animated by money motives. I believed in what I was trying to do and I wanted to see it brought about. I cancelled that contract without a moment’s hesitation. Why do I work? I work for just the pleasure I find in work, the satisfaction there is in developing things, in creating. Also, the associations business begets. The person who does not work for the love of work, but only for money, is not likely to make money nor to find much fun in life.”