“Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.” [Genesis 6:22].
Some years ago I had the privilege of speaking at a missionary meeting in which the late Frances Hancock, M.B.E., from Columbia, was the main speaker. Before the service began I asked her what words of advice she would give to a young Christian starting out in the Christian life. She replied, “Young man, my advice can be summed up in one word: Obedience. Always obey the Lord.”
I am sure Noah would have said “Amen” to the advice she gave. Noah’s life was lived on the altar of obedience. When God told him to build the ark, he did it without question. When he was told to enter the ark with his family, he went in. When he was told to “go forth of the ark,” he went forth in obedience.
Dr. R. A. Torrey was told on one occasion that a minister’s son was to be present in the service that evening and though he professed to be a Christian, there was not much evidence of genuine commitment to Christ in his life.
After the service, Dr. Torrey took the young man by the hand and said, “Good evening, are you a friend of Jesus?” “Yes,” he answered heartily, “I consider myself to be a friend of Jesus.” Dr. Torrey replied, “Jesus said, ‘Ye are my friends if you do whatsoever I command you.’” [John 15:14]. The young man confessed, “If these are the conditions, I guess I am not the friend of Jesus.”
Tell me; are you the friend of Jesus? Are you doing whatsoever He commands you? The acid test of friendship with Jesus is obedience. [Rev. Stanley Barnes in Footprints of Faith].