Saturday, October 20, 2018
It Starts with a Choice
Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want.” . . . So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain. (
Often I find that people who are the most drawn to the world are those who were raised in the church. On the other hand, when you’ve lived in the world and have seen the underbelly of it, you can become pretty disgusted by it.
When I came to Christ, it was, to some degree, a process of elimination. I knew where the answer was not. I saw everything the world had to offer and then some through my mother’s life and, to some degree, through my own dumb decisions. I wasn’t drawn to those things.
Abraham’s nephew Lot was drawn to the things of the world like a moth is drawn to a light. Lot is identified in the New Testament as a believer, but the problem was that he leaned on Abraham. Abraham walked with God, but Lot walked with Abraham. Lot needed this man of God to keep him moving forward. He hadn’t developed his own close relationship with the Lord.
Abraham, however, was drawn to God. It was Abraham’s love for the Lord that kept everything in perspective. Abraham had his focus on eternal things.
Lot made the wrong choices, and a series of steps led to his ending up in the wrong place. Falling into sin is a lot like gaining weight. You try, but then you cheat. So you rationalize, “I’ve already messed up, so I might as well just keep messing up. I’m already off my diet.”
That’s how sin works. You think, “I know I shouldn’t do this, but I’ll do it just once.” Then you say, “Well, I already did that, so I’ll do this other thing.” A series of small choices leads to bigger and worse choices. That’s how it is with sin. Little things always turn into big things.
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