What Is Your Little City?
by Olawale Ogunsola
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One common and easy thing to do is identifying the fault, mistake or weakness of another person.
If you meet ten persons and you are asked to comment on each of them to bring out those three things, you will do so within a short time.
On the other hand, it is more difficult to identify your own.
Anyone who tells you any of them will either incur you wrath or receive tones of excuses.
It is common among people of God to blame or condem Lot for choosing a land instead of allowing Abraham, his uncle, to choose for/and before him at the time of their separation.
The men of the land he chose were "exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord".
At the appointed time to destroy the wicked people and their land, Lot and his household received "favor" and "increasing mercy" and they were saved.
When one of the angels assigned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah told Lot to escape to the mountains for safe dwellings, his response was, "See, now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there ( is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live."
It is also common among people of God who enjoy His grace, mercy and favor to think and live as if they can have a small or little sin they can live with. They explain away such a sin with "God understands."
One of the reasons for doing this is the fear of death. Do you even know that death is the end of every man? Do you know that you cannot avoid it forever, that is the first death? Lot feared it, is he alive today?
You must not because of death run into a little city of wickedness.
Remember that God's standard remains unchanged forever. His command must be obeyed. At the end, you will know that your little city, after all, is not a safe place.
Another reason advanced by Lot was that it was near. It was easier to reach the place. A little effort was required. No pain is involved as climbing a mountain. It was a plain land.
As a believer, you are warned against "the sin which so easily ensnares".
What happened to the plain land where Lot dwelt?
"And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot had dwelt."
Beloved, which way seems right to you which is the way of death? By God's grace you've been saved. If you are not saved yet, do so today. It is free. He has shown you favor in many things. His mercy endures forever in your life. Do you obey His commands in all circumstances?
What is your own little city that you run to for safety?
Apostle Paul counsels, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."
I therefore implore you to note that a sinner is a sinner. A prisoner is a prisoner. Every unrighteousness will be judged. No matter how small. Every little city of wickedness will be destroyed.
Beloved reader, flee from your own little city of unrighteousness and wickedness unto the mountain top of the Lord's righteousness.
Stby blessed and rapturable.
NB: Quoted scripture verses from New King James Version of the Bible are: Genesis 13:10-13; 19:19-20,29; Hebrews 12:1.
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Olawale, Thank you for a very thoughtful article and it is so true that it is easier to see the tiny fault in others and not the huge fault in ourselves. Lot's problems were many but essentially he lacked spiritual sensitivity; some things might be harmless in themselves but the believer is warned to "avoid even the appearance of evil" (I Thessalonians 5:22) However Lot was a good man and we should remember that. Blessings on you and your ministry brother.