|3:1||This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.|
|3:2||For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,|
|3:3||Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,|
|3:4||Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;|
|3:5||Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.|
‘You are so precious’
Our church also designated this Sunday as Disabled Persons Sunday and this whole week as Disabled Persons day. Our church has been carrying out this ministry of the Gospel for the handicapped for a long time. Now, we built a community for the disabled and are devoting ourselves to carry out the ministry for them. When we look at today’s passage, it describes the last days. The priority of people these days are loving themselves. Some would say that what’s wrong. These people live self-centered lives living a life only for oneself, living a life doing only what one wants to do. However, we who became children of God through Christ Jesus must not live such lives. The life of biblical Christians is about loving God and one’s neighbors like Mark 12:29-31. We should get out of fencing of ourselves. I bless you that may all Yewon believers live a life wisely carrying out the biblical truth of loving God and neighbors.
1. The Sign of the Last Days
In today’s passage, Apostle Paul says to Timothy that in the last days, there would be pain and times of difficulty. He is emphasizing that we can have spiritual insight in God’s time schedule, living the life of discernment. Paul is telling the particular trait of the last days. There will be times of difficulty! Apostle Paul mentions various signs of the last days. It is loving yourself, money, fame, and knowledge more than God. It is living the selfish life that realms around yourself. It is because they are caught by the net of the Genesis 3 problem that Satan has made. As people live such self centered lives, people naturally live without thanksgiving and are living heartless, resentful lives. People live in slander, cruelty and betrayal. However, we must not live being swept by the world, living by this drift of the world.
When a person goes out of the boundary of God’s Word, they might feel and think that they are enjoying freedom, but in reality, it will bring on unhappiness. The sign of the last days starts when people loose hold of the word. Thus, all Yewon believers must never loose one moment of the word and be guided by the word. We have to have new imprints and change our spiritual DNA. Throw away your worldly, materialistic beliefs, and beliefs based on thriving for success. Bare fruits by always being in the spiritual flow and then in all circumstances, you will have victory and have true evidences. I pray in the name of the Lord that may all these things come upon you.
2. Wisdom in the Last Days
Apostle Paul knew that although his current generation had the appearance of godliness, it did not have the power of godliness. If you are going live a type of conventional religious life, then you will not be able to influence others. That is why Paul is telling Timothy to avoid such people who had the appearance of godliness. Here the word ‘avoid’ means to leave and to go away from. It also means that it is the time leave from the gathering of those who are not spiritually helpful. This is the wisdom of living the last days. Though what can you not be like this generation, but only live by the Word in faith, having renewed strength? One has to know that this can happen only by worship. We have to have renewed hearts and thought. In order to have victory in the spiritual fight, you have to be spiritually armored. Worship is the time to do that. Throwing away my ways and being filled with God’s ways.
Every time we talk about the most ideal, biblical church, we mention the Early Church. We can see that they gathered with oneness in prayer and Jesus Christ’s love. As a result, in verse 47 reads, ‘praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.’ I bless all Yewon believers in the name of the Lord that may you enjoy the blessing of Gospel unity like the Early Church and have evidences to become the pillar in the temple of God.
I mention the importance of one person. According to how each one of you think and how you act, can make a big difference. Especially, you, those who have the Gospel, are high in scarcity. The spiritual movement of each one of you can make a great change. Remember the spiritual butterfly effect. A little flutter of the wings of a butterfly can become a starting point to make a huge storm. We are living in the last days. As I told you in today’s scripture, we have to walk in faith having wisdom. God works through one person who is spiritually awake. I bless all Yewon believers in the name of the Lord that may you enjoy the blessing of the one person and be used as a pillar for expanding the kingdom of God.