“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. 13But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord.” v 12-13 (NLT)
Have you ever done something that you thought was going to be better than it actually was? Have you ever put yourself in a situation that where you thought, “that would never happen to me.” How did it turn out for you? Lot did the same thing, he picked a place that looked good and seemed to have a lot of promise, but in the end it caused havoc and heartache because of the location and the surrounding influences of the people in the area.
For Lot, the good pasture and available water seemed like a wise choice at first. But Lot failed to recognize that the wicked Sodom could provide temptations strong enough to destroy his family. It leaves me with a question for all of us to think about today: Have you/I chosen to live, play, work in ‘Sodom’?
Now I understand what you are saying to yourself right now, but if someone doesn’t go and share Christ with them, how will they ever hear the message of Christ? Great question, but notice, Lot didn’t pick the land based on the opportunity to share the Gospel, he picked it based on the opportunity he saw in it for himself. So before you ask that question check your motives as to why you are putting yourself in the environment. Yes, God does command us to reach people in the ‘Sodom’ near us, however, we must be careful not to become like the very people we are trying to reach. If the only difference between you and them is church attendance, then why would they need Jesus?
Today, Are you being wise and intentional with where you spend your time? It will have an impact on you in ways you never thought possible!