One night last week while I was sleeping I woke with a sense of urgency. A unusual awareness to amp up my personal evangelism. I felt a deep conviction for the ways some of my personal boldness had waned recently. I spent the early hours of the morning talking to God. It was like he was saying, Jim, I am coming back soon.
I was prepping for a message that week that looked at the life of Lot's Wife. Little did I know that God wanted it to go in the direction it ended up in. I was preaching from the Genesis account on Lot's wife, but also looked at the New Testament's discussion about her too. In Luke 17, Jesus tells his disciples to "Remember Lot's Wife.' Well, the point was made very clear as I began to unpack the OT story. She had a chance to find salvation but she looked back and turned into a pillar of salt.
As we closed our services we implored people to "Remember Lot's Wife" and not be left behind. Pastor Jeremy led us in a moment of worship to reflect on that very true reality.
God moved in people's hearts and those words of warning that Jesus gave 2000 years ago caused many to draw near to him in salvation.
As the service was closing in each of our three services, we asked Christ followers who were standing and singing to come alongside these new believers and pray with and comfort them. It was a beautiful moment to watch the Spirit work in people's lives as they came and ministered to those trusting in Jesus.
As we sang the closing hymn, Jesus was glorified and lives were changed forever.
As I was standing on the stage after the 3rd service a young lady came up and said that her heart was pounding out of her chest so loudly that she turned to her father and asked him if he could hear her pulse beat.
So, I remind us again today, "Remember Lot's Wife" Don't look back and cling to the worthless things of planet earth. Each time you spread a little salt on something may it remind you that nothing, absolutely nothing is more valuable than Jesus!