”You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)
We live in a world where people have become independently minded. A world where people behave anyhow, going with popular opinions and doing what they feel is right in their eyes. This present world is filled with diverse religious beliefs and values. The pressure and challenges of this time especially with the incident of COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant consequences have made many to lose hope and believe that God has forgotten about them and that He's sleeping.
Apart from the negative impact of the Corona virus pandemic on the people, there's a serious battle going on for the soul of the nations of the world. The incessant and ever-increasing cases of kidnappings, violence, rape of female children and the elderly among other vices are at a magnitude of such that has never been witnessed before. These include killings, robbery, fraudulent activities, immoralities and several other vices which were regarded as abominable acts in the past.
At such a time as this, it is important for us not to lose our identities as Christians. We should reinforce our own convictions and beliefs and stand by them. It is in a time like this that we need to constantly remind ourselves about what we stand for so that we do not get caught in the quagmire of false beliefs and the practices of the world.
Remember, what people believe forms their attitude and convictions. It influences their way of life and outlook. The question is, what do you believe in? What influences your attitude and way of life? It could be one or more of these things:
As a Christian you need to constantly re-evaluate what you believe and consistently re-assess your life.
Do you still believe in God and His Words? Has your beliefs and convictions about God and His Words and His kingdom changed overtime because of the long lockdown and the economic downturn?
Do you still believe in God?
Romans 12:2 says ”Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Don't copy the behavior and custom of this world! King James version summarizes it as not conforming to this world! This world! The system of doing things in this world, the values, standards, and the principles by which the world is operating. The habits, manner and style of living of worldly people. It is referring to the world's normal order which is antagonistic to God.
John 2:16 identifies three predominant principles by which the world and its people operates.
The Temple of the Living God
“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters”, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
There must be a clear distinction between you and the world. You cannot go with the flow. You cannot blend in with the world. Others may do as they please but you cannot. Why? You have been bought with a price! The precious, priceless blood of Jesus Christ! So, your life doesn't belong to you anymore.
Your life belongs to God and you must do as He pleases!
“Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
Examine your life today. Are you already mingling with the world and conforming to its principles and practices? The Lord is calling you back to Himself. Repent from all your sins and retrace your steps back to Him. "I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” (Revelations 3:19-22 NLT)