"It's not about you." how many times have you heard that in sermon after sermon (in and out of the pulpit)?
There is a flip side that is not mentioned. "It's not about them."
"them" being the people in your life that you so often spend most of your time and energy trying please and impress.
It is so easy to trade our omnipresent Almighty for very present deities that are all around us, waiting to offer their own commandments for our lives. Ready with new flashy idols to bow to and comfy pews to sit in.
Who do you try to please? Whose comments ring in your ears, days after they were said? What advice do you get that outweighs everything else? Whose criticism causes you to stay up at night and wonder what you could have done differently? Have those people taken the role and function of God in your life? Do you even still need him in your life if you have those people, or is it only when these lesser gods fail do you once again return to a higher power?
As Noah labored day after day, piling wood and hammering, his neighbors and friends and even family would come by and laugh at him, tell him that was crazy, talk about how his religion was too fanatical. Why would God ask you to do this? It doesn't make sense Noah.
The ark we build is our lives. The decisions we make. The way that we treat people. Our honesty. Our dishonesty. The Goals that we set and the way that spend our money.
Have you ever been in a building that had two different builders or styles? Those accumulated buildings that are piecemealed together and there are so many different styles and plans that everything is disjointed and unfocused. This is the ark that we build. Switching blueprints. Changing plans. Changing architects. This is the lives that people see. This is the ark we build.