Sorry for being away for a couple of days; Paul was reviewing hos life and preparing Timothy. Paul knew that his end was drawing near. As he was counseling his friend, Paul stopped and did an evaluation of people in his time. Sadly, it was not flattering. The basis of life is where one’s lordship lies. It is either based on God being Lord of one’s life or one trying to captain their own ship. Paul in his evaluation highlighted some of the telltale signs of one that masters his own ship. People that captain their own ship are selfish and abusive in the difficult times and boastful, self-indulgent and brash in the good ones. At the end of the day, they are the center of their own agenda at all times. Amazingly, those that live like that are never happy, content or at peace. They are always looking for the next thing, the next excuse or the next person to blame.
Conversely, those that love the Lord seek to serve others. They are content with their own circumstances and look for ways to help and improve the lives of others. They rise each day seeking God and his direction. They spend their days being kind and selfless. They leave a legacy of selflessness and graciousness that long outlives them. They are at peace with God being in control and only want what He has planned for their lives. We rise each day with the opportunity to pick the life we want to live. The world would have us be self-absorbed. The Lord would have us follow and trust Him. Joshua says it best. Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
God Bless You
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.