Genesis 18.16-26 (NIV)
16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”
22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
We Make Room for Others
Making room for others means they belong before they become.
Tell of a time you felt pressure to “become” before you could “belong.”
Do you feel like you belong even if you haven’t yet become?
2 Kings 5.1-27
Why does the general of an enemy army get healed?
Why do you think Elisha doesn’t make Naaman become an Israelite?
Pray for those in your life you are tempted to judge, and tempted to want to change before you invite
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.”