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When a parent or teacher is telling you something important and they refer to a past story, it is good to go back and evaluate that story. I remember in my final year in High school teachers used to give examples of the just graduated class. There was an example for every character, whether they were teaching on obedience or disobedience, hard work or laziness, discipline or indiscipline, whatever it was, they had a perfect example to give. That gave us a perfect picture of the point they were driving home. My example was this girl who showed a lot of potential but played too much. So anytime I was in trouble I was told to remember that girl, she failed her exams because she just refused to be serious with her studies. That was my motivation, not to end up like her.
In the book of Luke 17:20-32, Jesus is telling His disciples about His second coming. He has given an example of the days of Noah when people were eating; drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. He is warning them against living carelessly because a day will come when the son of man will come back, for the prepared souls. He goes ahead and says ‘Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.’
Just before the above statement Jesus in the midst of this very important teaching, he says ‘Remember Lot’s wife’. This is a very short verse that carries so much weight. It should propel us to go check out what Lot’s wife did and avoid doing the same. Well, she did not believe in the warning given by the angels of God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. They were actually being rescued from the destruction but she disobeyed and looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. This woman was much privileged; she was present when Abraham first received the promises of God. She had witnessed her husband being delivered from prison, she was also present when the angel came to warn them and even helped her family escape. But she looked back. The worldly pleasures seemed too good to be let go.
May Lot’s wife be our motivation not to look back into the pleasures of the world. Once we have decided to follow Jesus and to live for Him, may we know the dangers of looking back to the world. The dangers of having one foot in the world and one in Christ. God says that he will spew out everyone who has not made up their mind, the lukewarm, anyone who turns back. If you are reading this then you are privileged, privileged to be reminded that God is real, His love is real, His power is real and his word is real. Do not look back to the longings and pleasures of sin. No one knows the day or the hour that the son of man will come back. The fact is that He is coming back. Will you be found fully in, or looking back? Are you fully surrendered and prepared for His second coming or are you secretly cherishing sin and careless about the return of Jesus?
You are privileged to be alive; the Lord’s judgment is real. Remember Lot’s wife.