Quote: Which Righteous Man Do You Want To Be?

27 Sep

“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.”  – Gen 24:1

The Bible says that Abraham was righteous.  But do you know that his nephew Lot was righteous too? (2 Peter 2:7–8)  Yet, both men lived very different lives.  Although they both lived under God’s grace some 400 years before the law was given, Abraham was very blessed, whereas Lot lost a lot!

Both men had large herds and flocks.  When their herdsmen started quarrelling over space, Abraham took the initiative to make peace.  He even let Lot pick the lands that he wanted.  Both men were righteous, but one was more gracious than the other.

Lot picked the well-watered plain of Jordan, where the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were.  He dwelt there and pitched his tent as far as Sodom.  Eventually, he lived in Sodom. Now, Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible represent a sinful lifestyle.  Some Christians think, “Since I am righteous by faith and under God’s grace, I can live a sinful lifestyle.”

Well, let’s learn from Lot.  He first saw Sodom, then his feet walked toward it and finally he went into it.  I like what a great man of God said: “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.”  What did Lot end up paying?

He was captured when four kings plundered Sodom and Gomorrah.  And even after Abraham rescued him with the help of God, he did not learn his lesson.  He went back to Sodom. Some Christians live from one bail-out to another.  God delivers them from, say, debt, and they go right back to borrowing money or gambling!  Sodom and Gomorrah were eventually destroyed.  Lot escaped with only the clothes on his back and even lost his wife in the process.

Beloved, you are the righteousness of God in Christ.  When you truly understand what Jesus did to make you the righteousness of God, it will cause you to fall out of love with sin and fall in love with God.  Then, it will not be hard to have a heart for God, as Abraham did, and like Abraham, be blessed in all things!

From Joseph Prince – Daily Grace Inspirations  (9/27/13)

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From Mark:   It is interesting to note that the Bible calls both men righteous.  Abraham’s righteousness is easy to understand, but here’s what II Pet. 2:8 has to say about Lot:  “For that righteous man (Lot) dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;”  Lot was a man that probably had no less potential than Abraham to be a father in the faith, but ended up squandering it because he chose a life style and environment which sapped his spiritual vitality day after day.  Was he righteous?  The Bible says he was.  But his effectiveness and influence was rendered to nearly nil.  The wise take it to heart. 

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One Response to “Quote: Which Righteous Man Do You Want To Be?”

  1. Hyder, Cathy September 27, 2013 at 7:45 AM #

    I like this one a lot!! Not real wordy, but has a LOT to say. It’s a truth so real.
    Cathy

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