23 February 2016

Choosing for Myself?

This verse really struck me today. "Then Lot chose for himself..." Five words. Five -- and then Lot's life changed forever (and not for the better, I might add). From what we know of Lot, and from what the Scripture says - it was an informed decision.  He didn't hastily eenie-meenie-miney-mo which land to take. He made, what appeared to be, a good decision.. based on man's standards. He chose what was in his best interest.

I can't tell you how many times God could have written "Then Michelle chose for herself..."  My decisions are generally analyzed and researched to death.  And sadly, usually based on what is in my best interest, or my family's best interest. And what is wrong with that?  Well, nothing, if you want to remove Philippians 2:3 from the Bible.  Nothing at all.  But God didn't tell us to put our needs/wants first.  He told us "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."

This goes against every ounce of common sense. That doesn't make it any less true or any less a directive from our God. It's imperative that we put others first. We must love others more than ourselves, and when we do that love will drive our actions.

Why is this so important?  Let's answer that question, with a question -- How will people spot a follower of Christ?  (Hint, it's not your "Sunday best," your selection of music or extensive knowlede of Greek and Hebrew)  It's your love! "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another." (John 13:35)  People are watching.

Sometimes we like to picture Lot as this good-for-nothing grifter who lived off of the generosity of a rich uncle.  But I do not know if that is accurate.  Lot was a human being, with a choice.  He chose what was in front of him. He chose what he deemed best. He chose instant gratification.  Do I not often do the same?  Do I not often make decisions based on what's in it for me?  What's best for my family? What will make life easier?

I needed this reminder today.  It's not about us. It's about Him. And how I choose to love Him, will affect how I choose to love others.

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