This talks about the terrible times in the last days. I someways, the words seem scarily familiar. I’m not going to start shouting “the end is nigh!” on the street corner, but it does make me think about the state of the word. It’s also strange how something written thousands of years ago can go so far to capture the world today.
It characterises the people during these times as
- lovers of themselves
- lovers of money
- disobedient to their parents
- without love
- without self-control
- not lovers of the good
- lovers of pleasure rather than God.
Now, that’s quite a list. I feel like, especially in the media, a lot of these attributes are present, if not even celebrated. Even a few powerful and famous people come to mind.
I think, however, the important message of this section is not giving us a way to point the finger. Rather, it is to check ourselves as Christ’s holy body and to make sure that we are far removed from these things.
In the second half of the chapter, Paul reminds us of his persecutions and tells us we will be persecuted. These types of statements always worry me, but not in the way you think. I have experienced very little persecution in my life, so it makes me wonder if I’m doing it all wrong.
The chapter ends with describing the importance of the Bible:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3: 14-17
Therefore, if we want to be effective in anything we do of any significance, it and we must be rooted in the word of Christ.