Our nation (America) and the whole world really is in a mess right now. But is this giant mess unique to our generation of Christians? What should be our response to a world gone mad?
In 2 Timothy 4: 2 Paul instructs (or commands) us to preach the Word, to always be ready, to rebuke, correct and encourage other Christians with patience, through teaching.
But take a close look at verses 3 and 4. Paul tells us why we should be ready. The time will come when people will behave in the terrible ways listed in this verse. This was written in the first Century. But, when I read it, I realize it could be talking about 21st Century America—maybe the world—a world falling apart. A world in total confusion, lacking in unity and peace.
So, what was Timothy (and what are we) supposed to do when everything is falling apart around us? Verse 5 tells us “But as for you,”… Wait right there. Hit pause. The world is a total disaster. But YOU. YOU. What are you supposed to do in response?
2 Timothy 4:5 tells us “exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill YOUR [caps mine] ministry.”
Has God called you, or put you in a position to teach? Keep teaching.
Has God called you to preach, to heal through medicine, to run a godly business? Keep doing it.
Has God called you to write for His children? Keep writing. Keep seeking publication.
Keep on keeping on.
I had a pastor who frequently said “We have to keep the first thing, the first thing.” What is the first thing, the thing at the top of God’s To-Do list for you? The Church? We need to just do it. Then do the next thing. And the next.
The world has been “going to hell in a handbasket” for thousands of years. The corruption, hatred, greed, selfishness may take a different form now than 2,000 years ago. But the actions come from the same sins. Please don’t let the feeling that we’re trapped, that we’re approaching dooms day, that most everyone has gone mad trap you. Don’t surrender to the feeling that whatever you are doing for the Lord won’t make any difference anyway. Keep doing what God tells you to do.
Fulfill your ministry.
Congratulations to Tracey Eagan who won Love Is Kind and to Debbie Arnn who won El Amor Bondadosa! from last week’s blog. Stay tuned for another Laura Sassi book giveaway soon!