Are you comfortable in the presence of sin?
At this point in Scripture, Abram and Lot’s livestock had grown so large that the land could no longer support them both. Abram gave Lot his choice of locations to take his portion of the livestock. His choice of locations revealed the spiritual condition of his heart. In Lot, we also see an example of a Christian who eventually follows after the flesh instead of God. Notice the progression of rebellion which occurred within Lot.
1. The lust of the eyes.
Gen. 13:10-13 “And Lot lifted up his EYES, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.”
2. The pride of life.
“Then Lot chose HIM all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan,
3. The lust of the flesh.
“and Lot DWELLED in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.”
LESSON - Of course, we know the end of Lot’s story. Just like too many Christians today, he was enticed by the excitement that these big cities offered. His thoughts were only of himself, not the implications his decision’s would have upon his family or workers. He allowed himself to become too comfortable with people that God identified as “wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.“ How comfortable are you in the presence of lost people who are comfortable with their sin? You may have unintentionally become enticed just like Lot and not even realize it! Your job is to help them know Jesus and become like Him, not to allow yourself to become comfortable with them just as they are. Real Christians become the catalysts for changing the world around them, not conforming to an environment in which sinners feel at home and sense no conviction over sin. Let the Holy Spirit speak through your godly life to see the difference Christ can make in their lives.