2 Timothy 3:1-4 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
I wonder how much worse things will get? This is a very intimidating list, “treacherous, brutal, haters of good, and reckless.” I wonder how many people will actually be like that, and how close they will live to me? Now it is on the News and the worst is in Portland and other major cities. The people I know and fellowship with are good, loving, and nice. The people I see in Jefferson, Lebanon, Scio, Albany in Home Depoe and Sportsman’s Warehouse seem pretty decent and easy to get along with.
This passage starts out with “realize this,” which would mean, “stop being naive,” “stop living with your head in the sand”. A person always hopes that things will get better, at least go back to normal, the way they once were, “but realize this”, Paul tells Timothy, “difficult times are coming!” Those who love Jesus, live for Him, serve Him, and attempt to influence others to follow Him will be most hated by the world. I am reading a book written by a man who was a pastor in Romania during the Soviet years, who was severally tortured for his faith, and was incredibly strong and influenced many in spite of the times.
So what is it going to look like in the way of my lifestyle. Will I have a bunch of alarms and motion detectors on my place, big mean dogs, loaded guns. Will these evil people that are becoming more numerous around me be ones that I can influence, share Jesus with, teach the Bible to, or will they be pretty much beyond reaching.
So the admonition to me is, “be courageous, be strong, don’t fret or be anxious, and be ready, be prepared to make a difference with and in the lives of many. I can do that. It is easy for me, I am 72 in 4 days, it won’t be very many more years before I will be out of here. So I am determined to finish well, shift my life into high gear, live every day as if it is my last before I stand before Jesus and hear him say, “enter into the joy of your Master”! Probably going to be some exciting days ahead.