“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Don’t Be Like “Them”
We live in challenging and difficult days. It seems everyday you turn on the news it’s full of hatred, murder, rage, self-centeredness and now, COVID-19.
The five verses above can very well describe today’s headlines in USA Today, ABC, Fox News, CNN, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and any other news or social media sight. The 19 characteristics from verses 2-5 describe our society and our culture in 2020 to a tee.
The Apostle Paul implored his young protege, Timothy just as he is imploring us today to…”Stay away from people like that.”
“Difficult Times” – Let me add savage times, selfish times, ruthless times, brutal times, hard times, dangerous times, trying times, depraved times and evil times.
No regard for life. No regard for loved ones. No regard for truth. No regard for right and no regard for wrong. Self-indulged people, thinking only about their wants and needs.
The times we live in are exactly what Paul described in the verses above. I remind each of us not to be a part of any of the 19-characteristic mentioned. Avoid it. Stay away from it. Flee from it. Run from it.
Historically, God has accomplished much of His greatest work in the midst of crises. In these uncertain days, refuse to be driven by fear. Rather, have faith that God continues to steadily accomplish His purposes in the midst of our troubled circumstances.
Stay focused on what’s important—Love God. Love people. Be a disciple and build more disciples.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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