Genesis 19:8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Reading this story here you might never guess that Lot was a just man, a born again man. Lot was a man of God. But Lot has obviously not allowed God to grow him and cause him to live out who he is. Rather Lot has allowed the world to get into him and turn him into such a small, selfish, conniving man.
This story plays out in our lives if we are not careful. We will get so comfortable with sin that it will settle in us. We will want to be like those around us. We will allow sin to make us small. It will cause us not to live out all that God has put in us.
You wonder if Lot realizes that this are actually angels. Does he know that they are really come from God with all of God’s power or is he just trying to be a good host?
We know from II Peter 2:6-9 that Lot was saved. We know that he was bothered by all the wickedness around him. We know that he wasn’t bothered enough to get out of sin’s community or take a stand against it. We know that he went along to get along. We also know that he will later go so far as to sleep with his daughters. It might be easy to say it wasn’t his fault but he was very easily deceived and that by drunkenness which he would have known was a practice of the sinful life.
God’s people can be attracted by the things of this world. This world can get into a man or woman of God and hinder their growing into all that God has planned for them, at least for a time.
Money, success, leadership, the respect of the public must have pulled hard on Lot. They pulled hard enough that even though he knew everything going on around him was wrong but he would rather stay than step up and live out who he was in Christ.
Can these verses this morning be a wake up call to all of us to be careful not to let the world in? Can we take this as a time to work at growing in holiness? None of us want this testimony.