Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Believe AND Change
Today’s Bible Reading: 2 Kings 13-14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3
Journal Entry on a passage from today’s reading:
SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 3:1-7
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.
(2 Tim 3:1-8 NIV)
Verses 1-5 reads a lot like today’s society, and verses 5-6 are an indictment against a feckless, irrelevant and impotent Church. But in my reading of this passage today, it is verse 7 that has particularly drawn my attention. Paul alludes to people who are “always learning,” but it doesn’t seem to make any difference; they don’t take hold of the truth they learn; nothing changes. Essentially that is what repentance means—being changed. Paul laments the foreseeing of these, “terrible times in the last days.”
I see so much of this today in the world and in the Church. I see people readily accepting and relying upon God’s grace to save them, but making no effort whatsoever to change their lives. I see “Christian” kids dishonoring their parents by disregarding what they have been taught. Sex outside of marriage has become the norm. I see people in the Church doing what they please with seemingly no conviction or remorse to change—people coming to church, hearing and learning, but not changing, and somehow thinking that’s okay. This is a wake up call to Christ’s Body! We need Holy Spirit empowered preaching and teaching that brings repentance and change in people’s lives!
Lord, help me to teach and preach Your undiluted Gospel with power and results.
In Jesus’ name. Amen. -AP