In Genesis 7:1, God tells Noah to take his whole family with him into the ark. This includes his wife, his three sons, and his sons' wives. All of them are to be saved in the ark. Why?
"Because I have found YOU righteous in this generation," God explains.
that "you" is not plural. God isn't saying that He's found Noah and his
whole family to be righteous. He's saying that He's found Noah to be
righteous. That's it.
The truth is that we don't know
the spiritual state of Noah's wife or his sons or his sons' wives. Were
they like Noah, or were they like the rest of people in Noah's day whose
"first inclination of their heart was only evil all the time"?
Let me ask you this: What's the spiritual state of your family? Are they all Christians?
doubt that Noah had a profound impact on his wife and his sons. As a
righteous man, he probably would have done his best to find a righteous
woman to marry. He would have done his best to raise righteous children
and help them choose righteous women as well.
same way, you can have great influence over your family. Your faith and
leadership can help guide them closer and closer to Christ.
your family members aren't Christian yet, Noah's family may not have
been following God at this point either. Maybe God saved them from the
Flood because He knew the influence that Noah would continue to have on
them. Maybe God hoped and knew that they would one day follow Him as
their father did.
If some of your family members aren't
yet following Christ, continue to have that same hope. Keep being
righteous in your generation and let your faith continue to influence
them, just as Noah's did in his family.