Abraham: Please don’t be angry, Lord, at my boldness. Let me ask this just once more: suppose only ten [righteous people] are found?
Eternal One: For the sake of only ten [righteous people], I still will not destroy it [the city]. [Genesis 18:32, The Voice]
And there it is, the ultimate question and answer, “Will God sweet away the righteous with the wicked?” Those who study the end times have all kinds of scenarios about the final destruction, the great apocalypse. But in the end, don’t we really wonder, would God cast all away in one full sweep? Abraham wondered the same thing.
The answer was that God would save the city for the sake of the ten . . . but ten could not be found.
Ten could not be found.
How many are enough to save the Earth? or our nation? or continent? Will God stay the hand of destruction for the sake of the beloved? Am I one? Am I enough to make a difference in my world’s fate?
Today, at our church’s “Code Red Revival,” the last of our guest speakers [Daniel McNaughton, from his book, Learning to Follow Jesus] laid out a clear context in which any believer must be operating in the world:
- Learn to be with Jesus (like any mentor and mentee relationship, you must hang out together).
- Learn to listen (it takes practice to hear God and there are many places where that can happen: in a large group like a church setting; in a small group like a bible study or micro-church; in a one-on-one relationship with another person; or simply alone with God).
- Learn to heal (for this is modeled by the Christ and healing is promised, whether physical-mental-relational).
- Learn to influence (being the salt of the earth or light in a dark place).
- Learn to love (for God is love and until we step toward people in love, even those we “hate,” nothing changes).
- Learn to pray (it is a dialogue built on respect and trust in which we can intersect with the divine).
- Learn to manage God’s resources (work with the gifts we are given, now and along the way).
This is how we can be one of the ten or twenty or 10,000. Thanks be to God.