16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” 20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
I find it interesting that even though Abraham lives close to Sodom and Gomorrah, even though he had (family) connections there, he is still set apart from that place. Sodom and Gomorrah are marked as places of sin ruled by rampant human nature at its worst. Abraham is called by God, marked as His, with a destiny that goes into future generations.
The parallel to my own life is clear. As a believer I am marked by Christ with a destiny set before me by the Father. Although I live along side the world , I need to be separate from the sin and degradation found there. That doesn’t mean I have no concern for those in the world- Abraham went on to plead for the righteous of those cities. I too can love and lift before God those who are in the world. But I need to be careful to keep my eyes on the path that God has set before me. In the world but not of the world, with a heart of compassion for the lost.
Heavenly Father help me to stay true to your calling on my life. Help me Lord to always honour you above all else. Help me to love those around me, to have a heart for the lost. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen
Written by Christine Knight