2 Timothy 3:1-5 You can be certain that in the last days there will be some very hard times. 2 People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to their parents. They will also be ungrateful, godless, 3 heartless, and hateful. Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or pity. These people will hate everything that is good. 4 They will be sneaky, reckless, and puffed up with pride. Instead of loving God, they will love pleasure. 5 Even though they will make a show of being religious, their religion won’t be real. Don’t have anything to do with such people.
Isn't it amazing how God gave the Apostle Paul revelation about what the world would be like in the future.
In reading what is written in this text, it is no doubt that these words were divinely inspired and breathed upon by God Himself.
The Apostle Paul's prophetic words spoken in this text is not only a picture of our world today, but they are also proof of the Sovereignty of God.
The Apostle Paul describes the time in which we live as difficult, troublesome, trying, uneasy, violent, threatening and dangerous just to name a few.
Paul goes on to specifically characterize the attitudes and pride in the hearts of the people that we see in the world today.
The Apostle begins to prophetically speak of the times to come and how they would be perilous. He then he goes on to say that people will lack character, they will be lovers of themselves and money, boastful, prideful and blasphemers, children will be disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control and without conviction of sin and wrong doings.
Are we there yet?
Has God's words spoken through the Apostle Paul come to fruition in our world yet? Are we there in our thinking and our character?
Have we come to a place of total self reliance? Have we come to a place where our hearts are hardened and waxed cold concerning the things of God? Have we been deceived into convincing ourselves that we no longer need God's guidance, direction and saving grace?
Are we there yet?
What should we be doing as Christians in these dark days in which we live?
Well, let's look at what the Apostle Paul told Timothy to do in vs#14-17 But as for you, keep on being faithful to what you were taught and to what you believed. After all, you know who taught you these things. 15 Since childhood, you have known the Holy Scriptures that are able to make you wise enough to have faith in Christ Jesus and be saved. 16 Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 17 The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.
In other words, as Timothy's mentor in the faith, Paul personally reminds Timothy that his responsibility is to live and emulate godly conduct and character in the midst of a darkened world. He must continue on living in the truth of God Word, turn away from false teachers and stand alone if need to for the sake of the Gospel. He must be the light that Christ shines through in darkness, regardless of what he may have to suffer because of it!
2 Timothy 4:2-Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching.
Who or What do others see when they look at us?
Eventhough no man knows the day nor the hour when God's Son will return, we are told throughout scripture of the signs of the beginning of the end. Not the end, but the beginning of it.
Matthew 24:4-8 Jesus answered them, “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled. For all these things must happen, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, epidemics, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Are we living in the time of sorrow, pain, sufferings, wars and rumors of wars yet?
Have we begun to see the pages of the bible unfold in our world today right before our very own eyes? NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
Now is the time for Christians to get busy with the Lord's work in helping lead the lost to Christ for scripture declares in 2 Peter 3:9b- it is the Lord's will that none should perish but that all shall come to repentance.
John 3:16-For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Are we there yet? It is time to get busy for the Lord!