A well-educated person serving the government was searching for truth. By listening to a testimony, he came to know Lord Jesus Christ as saviour. He became a disciple, attended occasionally church services. However, he never shared his faith with anyone including his wife or children. He was a very passive, dormant and non-influential personality. Sadly, no one recognized him as follower of Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, he was saved but wasted his life. In Bible also we read about Lot, who was a saved person, but wasted his life.
1) Loitered: Sodom and Gomorrah were part of Pentapolis – five cities. Other cities were Admah, Zeboim and Zoar. Lot chose this region when he separated himself from Abraham. Though prosperous, the cities were wicked in the sight of God. Lot loitered unnecessarily in a region that could not nurture his faith. Peter writes: “righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard.” (II Peter 2:8)
2) Lingered: Lord sent his angels to rescue Lot and his family from judgement hearing pleas of Abraham. However, Lot neither understand the magnitude of judgement nor the urgency. He lingered too long, as he lacked urgency to obey God. Angels had to forcefully evict them from there. Instead of fleeing away from that region, he asked for permission to live in Zoar. God had to spare the city.
3) Looked Back: Angels had warned not to look back but flee away. Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt.
4) Lacked faith: Lot found Zoar was also wicked and went to live in a cave with his two daughters. Fear dominated his paradigm.
5) Lack of moral values: His daughters picked up immoral values from Sodom, made Lot drunk and became pregnant through him. Their sons became forefathers of Moabites and Ammonites. (Genesis 19:30-38)
6) Lost Legacy: Abraham became Father of Jewish Nation. Lot became Father of Moabites and Ammonites, who always opposed the plan and people of God.
Am I wasting my life like Lot?