Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
[2 Timothy 3:12-15]
It seems to me that this verse is becoming more and more true now than ever before. Sometimes it feels like I am fighting an up hill battle in this world. When you watch the news and TV shows one can quickly see the downward slide. Gone are the wholesome family shows like The Cosby Show or The Brady Bunch. Now we have shows that highlight alternative families, violence, vampires, evil, etc. The “dark side of the force” is being promoted as glamorous with more and more people crossing over. This pastor’s heart is aching at what it is seeing.
Wow…how I miss the good ole days.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed…”
I need to remember, though, that God is sovereign and I am not.
I need to continue in the faith I was raised in.
I need to continue to drink from the living waters of Jesus Christ.
I need to stay close to Christ in prayer and scripture.
I need to maintain Christian fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I need to stay hopeful ~ diligent ~ prayerful ~ persistent.
The pastor’s heart may be aching in this world but Christ brings healing through the cross. In the mean time we need to keep up the fight and not cross over to the dark side. Let the good in you shine forth to the glory of God our Father. Remain hopeful, for Christ is returning to bring balance to the force 🙂
[Sorry for all the Star Wars references]
Praise be to God!