We had a great service on Sunday morning being reminded that all things are better with Christ.
It made me think how easy it is for me in the busyness of work to lose the value of God’s way and I thought of Lots wife. A friend of mine at church and I have been trying to spend a little time together recently and I have had to cancel twice! Bad form says I – but this seems to be the result of the ebb and flow of work demands.
Genesis 19 v 26 says: “But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt”
Lot’s wife did not merely look back—she dragged her heels from Sodom, dawdling and wasting time. By conducting herself in this way, she gave unmistakable evidence that her heart did not believe what the angel had said to her—God would not really destroy all of their possessions. So she reluctantly left Sodom because she loved the world, not having the faith.
This has two direct applications to our lives and I will just bring one today. In Luke 17 v 32 Jesus said, “Remember Lot’s wife.” He says that she sought to save her life but lost it. The first lesson is that when the time comes to flee, flee! Do not look back. This is backed up by Matthew 24 v 17 and Mark 13 v 15, in Jesus’ Olivet prophecy. He said, “Let him who is on the housetop not come down.” Jesus meant, “Get out of the city. Flee. Do not look back. Do not get any of your possessions. Leave!”
This is not to minimize the gut-wrenching choices that this requires of us.
There may well be times as I have experienced (on the rare occasion thank the Lord), when an action required at work absolutely flies in the face of everything I hold dear with my faith. Hard though it may be – if this happens then flee from the task. Speak to the boss, explain that it is not possible for you to do whatever it is due to your faith, and metaphorically flee, don’t look back, don’t say that you cant do this thing and then do some of it – flee.
When things are not so black and white as this, there are still dangers. I have so often fallen for the trap of thinking that the task in hand or the decision needed is not “all that bad” and have compromised Gods way for mans way.
So if you have not revealed who you are in Christ to your boss and are a silent Christian as I was for many many years then I strongly recommend that you do let him/her know of your faith because as I have found, it makes having these conversations about values, faith, decisions, behaviors etc all the more easy when the time to flee comes – as surely it will.
It is quite tough at work to hold fast to all that is good because it may seem as if I am putting myself above others – this is simply not what I am trying to say or do. Simply put, in all that we do let’s follow God’s way, obey His teaching, work hard for our employer but remembering all the time to flee from everything God tells us to leave alone.
I hope you get my drift this morning.