~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.
Our testimony is so important. Our family and friends are always watching. It was no different for Lot. If you recall, Lot was led to Sodom and Gomorrah because of the lust of his flesh. The word of God says that (Genesis 13:10) he lifted up his eyes and beheld the good things that the cities had to offer. He didn’t go out to canvass the area before moving there; he didn’t check out if it was a good place for his family to live, or if God’s words were even being preached there. He just saw from afar what good things the land had to offer. We know the end of that story and how that didn’t work out so well for him. We learn a great lesson from that account, don’t you think?
But putting that lesson aside, let’s look at the cost that Lot paid once he moved to Sodom and Gomorrah. I don’t recall ever reading anything prior to his move there that would indicate that he believed differently from Abraham. His “character” was different, however. As I said earlier, Genesis 13:10 indicates that he was prone to follow after his flesh. Since he didn’t recognize that character flaw, or maybe he did and was in denial, his choice to move there, as we know, would later cost him more than he could ever imagine!
Not only did Lot have two daughters living at home, but he had some daughters who had married and were living in the cities as well. Genesis 19:14 says that when he tried to convince his sons-in-law to escape out of the city, they mocked him! For those of you who have tried to witness to family, you know what it’s like to be mocked. Our own family members are more freely going to speak their mind. This is why it is so important to keep our testimony clean in their sight.
I can see his sons-in-law now saying, “Why are you preaching this to us? You’re no better than we are!” They had no respect for their father-in-law. What a price Lot paid for his compromise! They saw this compromise in his life and he was no better than they were in their eyes.
Oh Christian! How important it is for us to stay on the straight and narrow path (Matthew 7:14). Someone’s watching at all times! And even if you think no one is watching, God is! And let’s be honest … if you’re thinking that no one is watching, then you are doing something that you KNOW you shouldn’t be doing. This kind of thought is not what a child of God should be thinking. Eventually, this will affect the heart and work its way into actions. Either way, the testimony is affected. It’s no different than Lot lifting his eyes to behold the goodies Sodom had to offer. The cost came later, through his testimony. He lost daughters, sons-in-law, his wife and his home. His story doesn’t end there either. His compromise continued after all this destruction when he allowed his daughters to get him drunk! One would think he would have been grateful for being spared! Sin runs deep when it isn’t kept in check.
Let’s not have Lot’s testimony where we cause others to mock Him because of our actions. Let’s do the Lord proud!