What You See Is What You Get
Genesis 13; 19
Abraham and his nephew, Lot, had come to the conclusion that their land was, in fact, not big enough for the both of them. Over the years of traveling together, they had both obtained great wealth - so much so that it was overflowing into each other’s property. So in order to avoid conflict, Abraham and Lot decided to part ways. Abraham - being the considerate uncle he was - gave Lot the pick of the land.
Instead of choosing wisely, Lot set his eyes on Sodom and Gomorrah - a pair of wicked cities filled with unspeakable sins. He knew the evil that dwelled there, but he found the land too alluring to pass up. And besides... He wouldn’t be living IN the cities. He would be living AROUND them. He would only view their people’s immoral deeds from the outside, not participate in them. Nothing wrong with that, right?
The longer Lot lived near Sodom, the more desensitized he became to their iniquities, and the more he found himself hypnotized by the call of sin. Eventually, he no longer felt that it was necessary to be set apart. He and his family became citizens of Sodom and molded themselves to fit in with the crowd. What started out as a glimpse of sin turned into a life of it. Being close to the city may not have directly hindered Lot’s life. But as soon as he touched the outskirts of that hedonistic place, his perspective was turned away from what was good and onto the ungodly. The things Lot had once deemed utterly wrong became the same things that developed into his everyday routine - simply because he shifted his view to them.
It may seem like Lot’s decision was obviously an enormous mistake. But we, too, are often guilty of being so enamored with sin that we slowly inch closer to it until in time we have created a life in the center of immorality. In order to be wiser than Lot, we must remember that our eyes are constant consumers which feed our thoughts, so whatever we look on will either nourish or destroy our minds.
In essence - what you see is what you get. If we choose to look on the things that go against the Word, we are setting ourselves up to become apathetic bystanders and eventual participants of sin. Philippians 4:8 tells us: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
So where have you established your view? If you’re opening up your window every day and looking at Sodom, you’re not far from entering the gates of the sinful city. Move away from Sodom and closer to God - Let Him destroy the Sodom in your life before it destroys you.
Pray: “God, I want my eyes to be set on You. I want to establish my life in a holy place that brings me closer to You and Your will - not deeper into sin. Help me to keep my mind and heart pure by keeping my focus on the Word.”