July 21, 2018

What I read today

Deuteronomy 11-12; Psalm 82; Jeremiah 16; John 14; 2 Timothy 3

Paul continues his final letter to Timothy.  He tells Timothy that a time will come when

“people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power.”

Seems like we might have found that time.

Lovers of themselves – We live today for ourselves.  We justify ourselves by saying it’s our rights that we are taking advantage of don’t we?  People put themselves first in nearly everything they do.

Lovers of money – seems like money is the only concern many have nowadays.  Companies routinely put their stock price and Corporate bonuses ahead of the working people who make them the money.

All the rest you can read and see so much of these behaviors in one trip to Walmart or one viewing of a public Facebook page.

So what’s the cure?  What can we do to change this?

It starts with you and me.  It begins with the end of 2 Timothy 3.  Specifically verses 16 and 17.

The scripture can change peoples hearts.  Reading them can change people’s minds.  Listening for God’s voice in them can redirect our hate.  Paul says they are useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training.

We’ve gotten away from the Scripture in our society today.  Not reading the scripture to justify our positions but reading the scripture’s to listen to God.  To listen to what his desires for our lives are.  To be taught how he wants us to live our lives.

Look at verse 10, and you’ll see what Paul wanted to strive to be.  He called it the aim in life to show his faith, his patience, his love and his steadfastness.  Paul lived through persecution and sufferings and was soon to be executed.  Yet those are the things he hoped people would remember.

What do you want to be remembered for?

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