The last 4 days have talked about the four issues with the spirit of Lot. If we allow any of these four issues take ahold of our life, we will see terrible consequences. We start to replace the gospel with a doctrine of tolerance. We bow down to political correctness and confuse God’s absolute truth with the relative truth of our culture. We stop speaking up and speaking out and we leave our place of influence. We become satisfied with what we have and are content to leave sharing the gospel to others. We are content with our lives and lose motivation to make a change. We sit by and watch the wickedness around us, even if we are tormented by what we see, we do nothing, not wanting to upset the applecart
John is pretty clear what the result is if we let the spirit of Lot stay on us. He tells us in 1 Jn 2:15-16 if you love the world, you will lose your influence for the kingdom. But John also says in 1 Jn 2:5, if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is made complete. And love is what will ultimately allow you to have that positive influence over the world.
Here is the best news. We can change our state of motion if we allow a positive outside force to accelerate us from our rest. We need to get our faith into motion again. We need to let Jesus capture our imagination, our heart and our passion so we can start to stand up again. We can find our voice and get out into the community.
We have to go deeper with God and believe the things He says about us. 1 Peter 2:9 9 tells us we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” You are a son or daughter of the King of the Universe. It is time we start acting like it and start moving. It is time to change your trajectory of your life and ministry on earth. You can be a powerful force for good. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus
I want to challenge you to take the first step in accelerating your faith. Do one practical thing to start moving. Make a list of three people who you would like to have a positive, life changing influence on.
I am making it easier on you than Lot. Just come up with three names for this year.
Ask God to give you the names. Write down the first names that come to your mind. Now, ask God what action He wants you to take with each person. Maybe you are to invite them over to your house. Maybe it is to grab a coffee, go fishing, watch a football game. If you are bolder, maybe it is to invite them to church or a bible study. Maybe it is just doing something nice for them. Or maybe they need something like shoes or a coat.
If you have been frozen in fear, held by complacency, felt unworthy to represent Christ or had isolated yourself, then be sure to go to God first. Ask him for forgiveness, courage, strength and to go with you as you get off your porch. Ask God to lead you in the right step to change a person’s life. So close your eyes. Today, I want everyone who is serious to make a commitment to God to influence three people this year. My prayer is everyone allows the outside influence of the Holy Spirit to push us into motion. I pray each one of us will have a faith that is active and in motion. And once in motion, you will have a positive impact on someone’s life.
God help all of us get in motion. Help us to learn from Lot and do the things he didn’t do to save his city. Help us to change history and save our Sodom. Amen!