“By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.” Hebrews 11:7 (MSG)


In school, we learn about history – people who left their mark on the world for good or bad. The heroes of history are celebrated for their accomplishments and contributions to society.  Their legacy is remembered.

Hebrews 11 is essentially the “Hall of Faith.” In the chapter, Noah is one of many recognized for his faith and obedience to follow God.  Noah did something that seemed ridiculous to most people; he built a big boat when there was no rain.  That one decision saved himself and his family, despite the ridicule, lack of faith by others, and doubt. Noah made one decision to follow God, and it changed his family tree. Recently, my grandfather was sharing with me how he came to know Jesus. As he explained his journey of walking with God and sharing his faith, it made me think about how the legacy of faith changes family trees.  Whether you are walking in a legacy of faith or are the first person in your family to start that legacy, each day that you walk with Jesus, you are planting seeds of faith.  Although each person has to come into relationship with Jesus, the opportunity to start or continue a history of loving Jesus is open to you today. So, like Noah’s example, may your act of faith in Jesus change everything about your life and leave a legacy of faith that changes history.

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002.  Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.