INFLUENCE

INFLUENCE

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” —Genesis 18:32

When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. —Genesis 19:16

            How are you affecting people? Are you affecting people? What type of a witness are you? Who are you discipling? Whose life are you involved in? Are we being faithful to our Lord in what He wants us to be and in those things He wants us to be involved in?

            A commentary on Lot in II Peter 2:6-8 says “if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard).” Lot was a righteous man and those wicked deeds taking place around him really bothered him, but how much impact did he have in the town?

            When Abraham was interceding for Sodom he asked the Lord if He would destroy that city if 10 righteous people were found in it. The Lord said He would not destroy the city if He found 10 righteous people in it. Ten people were not found. Lot was a righteous person. We are told that. Then his sons-in-law through he was joking about the city being destroyed and they stayed.   He, his wife and daughters had to be led out by the hand because they lingered after being told to flee. His wife was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back. Apparently she was pretty tied to the city. His two daughters got their father drunk, slept with him on different nights and became pregnant by him. Those were the ones saved out of the city and yet our Lord was merciful to them!

            How many people am I influencing for our Lord Jesus? How many are you? How many will escape the judgment of God because of our faithfulness? Who will you seek to be a witness to today or who will you be involved with in the discipleship process (Acts 1:8: Matthew 28:16-20)? Oh that we would be faithful!

Dear Father be pleased to work through me today to encourage others. I think of those I will be seeing today. May I be an encouragement to them for Your honor and glory and their benefit. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yBzIt_z8oY

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