Do You Want To Be Taken Seriously As A Christian?
Genesis 19:14 “And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.”
In this verse, when a guy called “Lot” really needed important, precious people in his life to take him seriously… they did not.
Here in the Bible, Lot is talking to his sons in law the night before the city they live in is destroyed, and he is warning them to get out of town. He knows according to the truth of God’s word that they will die if they stay.
And so this is the most important interaction Lot will ever have with his sons in law… but because his word has no credibility in their minds, they will stay and be destroyed with the rest of the city.
This detail in Lot’s life shows the importance of being able to be taken seriously as a Christian when we have something urgent and important to say from God’s word. And as a Christian, we do. Salvation is a matter of urgency and utmost importance.
Sadly, Lot could not be taken seriously by his sons in law, and when what he told them could have saved them, instead he was a joke to them. How could this happen?
Well, because Lot had lived a long time in the city of Sodom. It was a wicked city, where we get the word “sodomy” from, but yet Lot had invested his life, family and future there.
To live and do business in Sodom, Lot had to make a lot of concessions and compromises in his faith. Which he did. And Lot’s walk with God, morals, integrity and credibility all got whittled away in Sodom as he disobeyed and dishonoured God with his self centered and short sighted life.
Many professing Christians are like Lot, in that they sacrifice truth, righteousness and being right with God in order to be accepted, included and liked in Sodom – our society, this world and even modern Christendom.
And yes, maybe they like you not living for God, but they will not respect you for it. And when what you say should matter, you’re a joke like Lot was to his sons in law.
If you’re claiming to be a Christian, but you’re not truly living for God in your life, you will have no credibility as a Christian in this world when you need it.
Lot’s words carried no weight with his sons in law because he had not been faithful, dedicated and committed to God first in his life. Because if you are not living for Jesus Christ now, do not think that you will be able to convince someone else to believe and obey Jesus Christ at a later date.
And one day, when you finally realize the importance of salvation, and see judgment and hell in the not too distant future for people you love, in that day you will not be able to convey the gospel to them, because like Lot, your track record, conduct, character and manner of life observed by others will have rendered your own words null and void.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
Good article, brother. I think about Lot’s inability to persuade alot. Lots of good stuff here. Thanks.
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