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Where Does Being Selfish Get You?

Penulis : A. James on Sunday, June 29, 2014 | 8:17 PM

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In the case of Lot, being selfish gets you no where but in trouble. When the Lord led Abram (aka: Abraham) away from the corrupt city of Ur, Lot went with him. As they journeyed without maps, iPhones, iPads, or even a compass guiding them, the Lord led them to the land where they would stay.

If you are thinking about Abraham and Lot traveling to this new land, you probably are thinking only a few people were with them and they had only one tent. On the contrary, Abraham and Lot both were not poor by any means. Each of them had many animals along with many people working for them and lots of tents.

Because there were so many animals, the land was having a hard time keeping the flock nourished. Over time, Lot's workers and Abraham's workers began to bicker amongst themselves.

When Abraham heard of this bickering, he pulled Lot to the side and told him the best thing for them to do was to split up.

Although Abraham was given the land from the Lord, he wasn't selfish with it at all. He gladly and unselfishly offered to let Lot choose which part he wanted. Lot looked at the land where they stood which was in the mountain area and he looked at the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah below.

Around the cities was lush pastures and also plenty of water. So, instead of thinking of his uncle, Abraham, he chose the land that appeared to be the best.

What Lot did not know was that the cities were corrupt and the people inside were wicked. He also did not know that one day God would completely destroy those cities.

That's right!

Lot chose the cities because he was selfish. He wanted the best land, plenty of water and a place to live.

The first thing Lot should have done was to bow his head and ask God what God's will was for his life. Yet, he quickly chose and chose wrong.

In life, we often choose quickly without asking God for guidance. By simply being patient and asking God to lead you in his will, you could find yourself in a much better place than if you would have hastily chosen your own path.

For some reason, being patient tends to be very hard. We all want what we want when we want it!

Encourage your kids or even yourself, to pray before you make big or little decisions. Asking God for his will each day (and meaning it) will help insure you are living a life for Christ and not yourself!

After all, that's where we should be as Christians - leading a life for Him!

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"Prayer for USA" by Harley Pebley - Flickr: Prayer for USA. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
 
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