You’re Kidding

Genesis 19:14
“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, ‘Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!’ But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.”

2015/01/img_1313.jpgI remember growing up with the story of Paul Revere riding through the New England countryside, heralding the message that the British were coming. In the version I was told, he rode from town to town warning the people who responded by preparing themselves for battle. Lot, like Paul Revere, was given a warning. His warning came by the hand of two angelic messengers, explaining that the Lord was coming to judge. When Lot began to broadcast the message, those closest to him responded with laughter, thinking he must be joking. I have always been stunned by their reaction.  Lot lived in such a way that no one would believe he was truly a follower of God.

We too, have been given a message to declare to the world. It is a message, that if heeded, will result in being delivered from eternal judgment, into eternal life. It is the message of salvation through faith, in the work of Christ on the cross. Each one of us has been commissioned by the Lord, and given unique opportunities to share Christ with others. Sadly, some of us live in such a way that when we open our mouths to talk of Christ, our behaviors make others think we must be kidding. If our speech is filled with coarse jesting, off color jokes, and sexual innuendo, or if we spend more time at the bar than we do at Bible study, our witness will be weakened. Living a godly life is an essential part of being an effective witness. Paul exhorted the Ephesians to “Walk worthy of the calling we have been called to.” Ephesians 4:1.

I recently spoke at a funeral service for a man who had been ministered to by a family at our church. They had been praying for him, inviting him to church, visiting him at his home, and showing him the love of Christ . When I stood behind the pulpit, it was so easy to share Christ with his family, because they had seen the love of Christ in the witness of others.

Let’s not be like Lot, whose witness was completely tarnished by his living. Instead, let’s be the light of the world, that would lead others to faith in Christ.

Pastor Jim

 

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