Have you ever made a weighty choice without giving it much thought ?
Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. Genesis 13:12
Choice is defined as an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. From the sun rising to its setting we are making choices all day long. What to eat. What to wear. Where to go. What to do. To be early or late. To be kind or rude. To gossip or to praise. To tell the truth or to lie. To be responsible or irresponsible. To build up or tear down. To be joyful or depressed. Faith or fear. To be generous or greedy. To be grateful or complain. To hold out or settle. To be present or checked out. The list goes on and on. The choices we make through out a day whether big or small will often have an affect on more than just us.
Genesis 13:12 says, “…Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent towards Sodom.” Why do you think Lot did this? Was it because there was strife between the herdsmen of Lot and Abram? (Genesis 13:7) Not really, Lot had a choice and he chose to dwell in the plain. Lot’s choice to dwell in a land that the “grass was greener” was a selfish one. It was based on material attractions of the country. Lot chose the plain because it was good farmland. He wanted the well-watered plain with its lush pastures. It was good business. The good farmland wouldn’t only turn a good profit, it was necessary for the survival of his business and the financial well-being of his family. Lot wanted a comfortable, happy life. He made the obvious choice. He chose what many people are choosing today, but he did not look at his decision through the eye of faith. He did not consider the moral and eternal costs that are far more important than the cost of being comfortable. He didn’t see things through God’s eyes. He was satisfying the desire of his flesh. He didn’t recognize that a life of ease and financial well-being could actually regress spiritual growth to him and his household.
Let this key verse serve as a warning for us to check our hearts and motives when making choices that will have an affect on those close to us. We can learn a lot from this passage regarding this one choice Lot made. Lot’s choice to pitch his tent toward Sodom was one of catastrophe proportions. Not only was Lot affected by this choice but his entire household would suffer. He did not take into consideration the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord. (Genesis 13:13) His son-in-laws had no respect for Lot and considered him to be as “one who mocks”. His daughters had fallen captive to the corruption of this city. They decided that God’s ability to provide a child for them was impossible, so they took it upon themselves to get their father drunk and lay with him. (Genesis 19:30-33) And Lot’s wife, while fleeing the wicked city kept her eyes on the her hearts desire causing her to die. (Genesis 19:26) When the Angels of the Lord told Lot to leave he lingered still. God in His mercy helped Lot to flee. Lot’s pursuit to live the “good life” came at a high cost of losing his entire family to the schemes of the evil one.
Are we making the same choices today? Are we choosing to pitch our tent toward the pleasures of this world? Are we competing with others by trying to obtain what they have and we don’t, or what we want that others have? Are we making choices that appease our appetite to live the “good life” in return we are compromising our morals and opportunities to store up treasures for eternity? Men and women of faith are being swept away by their desires of the flesh to pursue the “good life” by fulfillment of immorality, financial security, social status and acceptance no matter the cost. The things this world has to offer are only a fix to temporarily satisfy. We have too much to lose making the choice to pitch our tent towards the world. If we choose to have one foot in the world and the other in church our faith loses its creditability. As a follower of Jesus we can not live a life serving God and this world. We must give one or the other exclusive service. We are the sole property of one. James 4 verse 4 says it like this, “ You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.“ We cannot serve two masters, for either we will hate the one and love the other, or we will be devoted to the one and despise the other. We can not serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24) There’s simply no exceptions.
Could we decide today to purpose in our hearts to be a people of God that says, “we choose what God offers over that of what the world offers?” What would happen if we made a choice to pitch our tents toward a life abandoned to the Lord. Having a radical faith in Jesus Christ. Walking worthy of the call that God has placed on our lives. (Ephesians 4:1) No matter the cost. Fully abandon in pursuit of Jesus. Picking up our cross and following God’s lead. Making the choice to die to our will our and agenda. All in. Living a life by faith with testimonies that in the natural have no explanation other than to point to a MIGHTY God we serve. What would happen to those around us who saw us living sold out for Jesus? Oh the impact we would have on our sphere of influence. We can change a community, a city, a state, a nation. Let us boldly make the choice to pitch our tent toward eternity for all to see. May it to be said of us, they are a people of God that has No regret. No reserve. No retreat in following after Jesus.
Lord help us to make the choice to pitch our tent with conviction toward eternity. Help us to be a light to those around us. Let our lives speak of the Mighty God we serve. In Jesus name. Amen