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What You See Is What You Get
October 8, 2017

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?

Not​ ​quite.

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.”