Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” II Timothy 3:1-5
I remember summer camp where they would put our large church group into a huge house with about 12 bunk beds. There was one shower and one bathroom with 24 guys trying to make a good first impression on the girls. Thankfully, there was a huge mirror they had placed by the kitchen sink, which we used often. We would primp, shave, and brush our teeth, all while looking in the mirror. We would not dare leave the dorm house without taking a last look at ourselves. Our clothes were pressed, hair combed, and body splashed with cologne.
We were cocky and boasted of how fast, strong, or how many looks we got at camp from the opposite sex. We never met together to pray for spiritual growth or for the salvation of others, but rather to discuss our own exploits. We thought we were indestructible and we despised those who would go forward and make decisions for God. We weren’t exactly obeying Ephesians 6:1, and the only agenda we had was our own. We were much like the people described in these verses, and we were honored to be associated with these types of people. We were lovers of pleasure more than we were of God, and we were in desperate need of God’s redemption.
I think back to those times and how foolish I was. Today, I would avoid my younger myself and choose not to associate with someone like that. God has been merciful to me in the sanctification process, and I only wish that I would have learned a lot sooner. I thought I was so cool, when really, I was just a big fool. I was quite selfish, and I sought my gain in most things. I know now to guard my heart against the sins mentioned in these verses and to be real in my Christian walk. I don’t want to possess simply a form of godliness, but I desire to be godly. I want to be a lover of God more so than a lover of anything else. I desire to honor my God and my parents, and to be thankful to my God by whom all blessings flow. I am a work in progress, but I am grateful for the work He continues to do in my life.
Where are you today friend? Are you arrogant and a lover of self? Do you seek the pleasures of this world more than your love for God? Do you know the latest trends more so than you know God’s Word? Do you wear a suit to church and act spiritual but truly have no real walk with God? Do others seek you out for spiritual guidance or do they seek you out for that which is ungodly? May we possess a real walk with God and may we dare to stand in perilous times. May we turn from the ungodly and may we allow the Lord to direct our paths.
Stay in the fight!