Cafeteria gives people options. You simply choose what you want in the lists, pay for it and nothing stops you from getting it. But when it comes to following Christ, looking back is not an option. Once the path of looking back becomes a choice in a christian journey, it is a dead end road that leads to endless regrets and sorrows. It never leaves the compromised person in the same position.
Jesus warned His disciples of this danger in Luke 17:32 through a sad example of a woman who became a victim of looking back. Jesus said, “Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!”
Like to know more about this woman? Read Genesis 19:1-26. She was a woman whose life taught me these lessons I like to share with you.
Lesson #1: Don’t Receive God’s Grace in Vain
Grace is unmerited favour. Getting the honour you are not qualified for or more. And that’s exactly what believers got from Christ. But it is sad to know that Grace can be received in vain. How? If it never accomplish the purpose for which it was received. Grace can be received in vain if it is despised and wasted by the receiver. Grace that does not yield a life to Christ is wasted grace (See Genesis 19:16, 19, 1Corinthians 15:9-10).
Lesson #2: Don’t Despise Divine Instructions
When we follow Christ we must honour His instructions. Following Christ and taking His word for granted is self deception. And it is sad to know that those who take God’s word for granted are indirectly taking God for granted. Such people are always grounded by the devil. Lot’s wife despised divine instruction and she became a pillar of salt ( See Leviticus 26:15-16, Proverbs 1:7, Matthew 6:24).
Lesson #3: Don’t be Distracted by Happenings around you
Focus is the key word here. Once you determine to follow Christ, keep your focus on Him. Don’t be distracted by side attractions. Don’t be carried away by happenings around you. No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God (See Genesis 19:17, Luke 9:62).
Lesson #4: Don’t allow wide spiritual margin between you and your spouse
In other words, strive to grow in the same spiritual pace with your partner. There’s danger looming when a partner is spiritually ahead and the other is widely behind (See Luke 1:5-6).
Lesson #5: Be satisfied with what God is doing for you
Contentment with godliness is really great gain. The secret of contentment is by learning to be grateful for everything God does for you (See Phil 4:11, Hebrews 13:5).
Lesson #6: Don’t exchange your soul for the things of this world
Your soul is more precious that everything in the world combined together. Guard your soul against lust for pleasure of this world. Avoid conformity to the world system. Don’t love this world (See Matt 16:26, Romans 12:2, 2Tim 4:10, James 4:4)
Lesson #7: Don’t be careless about your life
Be sober. Be vigilant. Be watchful. Be prayerful (See 2Kings 10:31, 1Chronicles 22:13, 1Peter 5:8)
I pray that the grace of God will not be in vain over your life.
QUOTES TO PONDER ON…
“Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t his followers. It’s that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.”
― Scot McKnight
“The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.”
― Oswald Chambers
In the spiritual life only one thing produces genuine joy and that is obedience. –Richard Foster
Holiness has never been the driving force of the majority. It is, however, mandatory for anyone who wants to enter the kingdom. –Elisabeth Elliot
If Christ does not reign over the mundane events in our lives, He does not reign at all. –Paul Tripp