22. Be the difference in this world

Sodom and Gomorrah was terribly wicked. The moment they knew that two men (the two angels) entered into their domain, they came over to Lot's house and demanded that he hand them over so that they can have sex with them. This just shows the horrific practices that were at the order of the day there. But for me it was so shocking to read of Lot's response:

"Please, my brothers," he begged, "don't do such a wicked thing. Look - I have two virgin daughters. Do with them as you wish, but leave these men alone, for they are under my protection." Genesis 19:7, 8

I couldn't believe what I was reading! How can any devoted father suggest something like that? Of course it was the custom of the day to protect your guests at all cost, but I would have hoped that there was a different way to protect them than to offer your two daughters to the wolves. Luckily for the daughters, the homosexual men didn't want them. But Lot's offer made me wonder about his spiritual welfare. He didn't pray, he didn't believe that God will help them; he didn't even try other alternatives. Fortunately the two angels helped Lot in his predicament and blinded the men of Sodom so that they couldn't find the door.

It was then that the angels announced their plan of doom against Sodom and told Lot that they will destroy it. The angels were kind to Lot and allowed him to find his relatives and to hurry out of the city before it was destroyed. Lot hurried and tried to persuade his future sons-in-law, but they didn't believe him and thought he was joking. Lot himself was hesitant to go. He didn't want to leave everything he owned behind. But the angel forced him to leave.

"When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the Lord was merciful. "Run for your lives!" the angel warned. "Do not stop anywhere in the valley. And don't look back! Escape to the mountains, or you will die." Genesis 19:16, 17

The city was going to be destroyed, because not even ten righteous people could be found. Only Lot, his wife and two daughters were saved. It would seem that after all the years that they spent in Sodom they didn't even have a single convert. Even his own sons-in-law didn't respect him enough to believe him when he tried to warn them. Lot's life didn't influence the people that they lived among. Isn't that sad?

Today it is the same with us. Do you think that you are a good influence to the godless people all around you? Do you portrait God's love to them or do you rather blend in with them, because you don't want to cause a stir? The fact of the matter is, it is much easier to pull someone down from a wall, than it is to pull someone up from one. Gravity holds on to the person being pulled up. The fallen world will hold onto the person that you are trying to pull up, and you should be very careful not to fall down yourself. You need to be spiritually strong, otherwise the worldly people will influence you more than you will influence them. 

I have shared once before how much the people drank that I worked with. Getting drunk was the norm rather than the exception. And because I mingled with them a lot, they began to influence me. I never joined them, but later it didn't shock me anymore and I started to accept it as normal. They influenced me more than the other way around, sad to say. I wasn't spiritually strong enough at that stage to be a real influence on them.

Now I am not saying that you should be judgmental, God is the only true Judge. Leave all the judging to Him. But you need to be an active witness of the love of Christ. You need to proclaim true life to the people around you. They need to see Him in you, they need to see that you are different, they need to see that you handle stress in a much better way, they need to see His light and love in you. Be the influence that you need to be in this world. Do not hide your light under a bucket, but let it shine out for all to see.

Father, please help us to shine Your light. Please help us to be the influence on this world that You want us to be. At the end of our lives we want to know that we have made a difference. Please give us the courage to stand up and speak out, give us the wisdom to know when we must be quiet and only the example and please help us to know the difference. In Jesus' Name. Amen

1 comment for “22. Be the difference in this world”

  1. Gravatar of Mariska FordMariska Ford
    Posted Thursday, 17 September 2015 at 8:43:57 AM

    Thank you Ilze. My prayer for myself today is that God will lead me away from mediocrity into the mountains with Him.

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