4. Set your heart on things from above, not things of the world.
Lot’s wife, whether or not a native Sodomite, lived in Sodom prior to her marriage to Lot. She knew of, but probably did not understand the ramification of her husband’s residence in Sodom. However, she forsook her husband’s spiritual responsibilities by satisfying her own desire to live in Sodom.
In 2 Peter 2:9-10, we are taught about judgment regardless of family connection. The author wrote, “...the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings.”
In Colossians 3:2 and Colossians 3:5, we are encouraged to “Set your mind on things above not on earthly things,” and to “put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.“
Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt when she ran out of the city despite the warning not to do so. When we are so indwelled and so enthralled with “the world”, we ultimately meet the same demise.
Christians are called to be the “salt of the Earth” as salt has always been used as a preservative for foods. When we are the correct witnesses for Christ, we exemplify his goodness and lead others to seek a relationship with Him.
Ironically, by becoming a pillar of salt, Lot’s wife became an eternal part of Sodom. John Gill in his “Exposition of the Bible” noted that Josephus wrote that the “pillar continued to his times, and that he saw it.” Additionally, “Irenaeus, and Tertullian speak of it as in their times, a thing incredible.”
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