God talked to Himself and said, “I know what kind of man Abraham will be, raising up a family of world changers. I cannot keep from him what I will do to Sodom.” Why did this provoke the Lord to tell Abraham about the imminent destruction? Because he would know that a godly minority could influence and salvage the majority.
It would be a living example to Abraham that passive faith was of no value. Lot was a loser—a righteous loser, but a loser just the same. Abraham was an influencer. Lot could not change the hearts of anyone around him and even lost his own wife.
What makes the difference between and influencer and a loser? Lot tried to blend in with the world. He made friends with the people of Sodom—even became a civil ruler, it appears (he sat in the gate, which was the place for legal matters to be decided). When the time came for him to shine, however, he had so assimilated their ways, they did not respect him. He was just one of the boys and stood in their way to having fun.
Abraham prayed for Sodom and Gomorrah, begging the Lord to spare the city if at least there were 50 righteous people in it. Slowly he worked his way down until He requested that the Lord save the city for just ten right-living people.
There weren’t even that many. Lot had failed to influence anyone. He was a righteous man (II Peter 2:7), but his own wife turned back to the city of sin. He did get his daughters out of Sodom, but he did not get Sodom out of them. Instead of being an influencer, he became influenced. He became a victim of the sin he had become so comfortable around.
When Abraham got up the next morning and saw the cities burning, he surely must have learned a good lesson. Living a godly life without influencing at least ten people is like not living for God at all. You are more than a decoration—you are an instrument.
What is the only redeeming factor for this dark planet? The light of the world—the believers. What ten people are you influencing into right living? Could you perhaps reach 50 in this lifetime?