January 18, 2018

1 Corinthians 3:10–15 (NLT) — 10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.

Chapter 19 of Genesis is the perfect picture of what Paul is saying in the above verses. In this chapter of Genesis we find another man known for his running. While Abraham was running towards God to please Him, Lot was running towards Sodom to please himself. Lot chose to live in Sodom because the land was good for raising all of his livestock. However he found out that it wasn’t so good for raising a family. Instead of Lot influencing Sodom, Sodom influenced him.

What a contrast in lifestyles between Abraham and Lot. The Lord felt welcome in Abraham’s home but not in Lot’s. You notice that only the angels proceeded to Lot’s house and the Lord stayed behind. That is quite a statement in itself.

I have heard that the business and retail community in and around the Twin Cities have mixed emotions when it come to the Vikings maybe being in the Super Bowl. On the one hand they will rejoice because they made it that far but on the other hand sadness because the game will be played in the Vikings home stadium and businesses and retailers will lose millions of dollars in lost revenue because most of the Vikings fans are already in Minnesota. If there were two out of state teams in the Super Bowl more people would be coming from out of state requiring housing and everything else that goes along with it.

I have mixed emotions as I read this chapter. On one hand sadness. It just appalls when I read that Lot was willing to allow his virgin daughters to be raped by the men of Sodom. It appalls me that no one in Lot’s family was willing to leave when the angels told them of the judgment to come. It appalls me that the angels had to take this family by their hands and drag them out of the city.

It appalls me that Lot’s wife had more feelings for the sin city of Sodom than she had for her own family. She is a picture of a person who becomes saved but then longingly looks back to the life he or she was saved from. No progress is made towards spiritual maturity. The person becomes paralyzed instead.

It appalls me when I think of the grip that the world can have on a person. It is so unthinkable to me that there was so little faith in God in the family of Lot that his daughters resorted to incest:( The enemy is so good at distorting people’s moral compass.

On the other hand I love this chapter because I don’t make the decision of who is righteous and who isn’t. From just reading this chapter I would not have pegged Lot as a righteous man. Here was a guy who called perverted people his brothers. He offers his daughters to a homosexual mob. He lingers when angels tell him to leave. He has sex with this daughters. But read what Peter wrote:

2 Peter 2:7 (NLT) — 7 But God also rescued Lot out of Sodom because he was a righteous man who was sick of the shameful immorality of the wicked people around him.

How can Lot possibly be considered righteous? Because righteousness is imputed solely on the basis of simple faith. I am righteous and so are you if you have confessed with your mouth that Jesus is who He claimed to be, and believed in your heart that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9, 10).

I love this chapter because through it God is saying that he can rescue people who look hopelessly lost. I love this chapter because I know some people who have made a profession of faith but are now not living the way they know they should. But it gives me hope to know that God can still rescue them. I am sure there will be some people in heaven that I or you didn’t think would be there. I love this chapter!

To save yourself a lot of pain and heartache follow the lead of Abraham rather than Lot and keep running towards God. Was Lot saved? Yes he was, but think of all that he lost and all the pain he went through. All of his works were burned up but he escaped through a wall of flames.

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