But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money (covetous), 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. – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The word of God has warned us that in the last days there were going to be perilous or terrible times. Many things that have been spoken of by Jesus and His Apostles are beginning to take place in this time we’re living in. We have earthquakes, wars and a constant threat of a major war. We have the start of pestilence and famine taking place. (Matthew 24 and Luke 21)
One doesn’t have to look far to see things happening in the world because it’s happening right in our area. All one has to do is watch or listen to their local news station and once we get past all the fluff added by reporters, we can see fulfillment of the scriptures almost everyday. But when was the last time you actually watched and paid attention to people while you were working, eating out, shopping and even in your place of worship? Have you noticed something about people, or maybe even yourself that might be another indicator or fulfillment of scriptures?
In 2 Timothy 3:2 you will find a list that describes the actions of people in the last days. I believe God not only wants us to know about the changes in the atmosphere and in the earth, but He wants us to notice the change in people as well.
The King James version says people will become covetous. The New International Version says people will become lovers of money. I believe that whether you’re a believer or not, you have noticed how some people have begun to shift their focus on possessions and having a lot of stuff and money. So much so, that some are even taking from people who barely have to add onto more of what they already have. Some people are even killing other people to get access to their possessions.
The love of money is even projected from today’s pulpits. Some preachers are saying we are blessed and highly favored without telling us about the danger of losing our soul if we don’t repent so we can be saved.
When the love for money and coveting get this strong there isn’t any love left for God and other people. Why? Because to a coveting or greedy person, both get in his/her way of attaining wealth. There’s nothing wrong with being wealthy but there is something wrong with worshiping wealth and placing it as a priority over God. There are some wealthy people who worship God by sharing their wealth and being used by God to bless other people. Thank God for this remnant.
Don’t get me wrong. I would love to have more money than what I need, but it’s not my will, but it is the will of my Father in heaven.
Do you love money so much that you’re doing whatever to get it? Talk to the one who is rich and made what you’re going after. Ask Jesus to take control of your heart and life and let Him know you’re tired and want Him to be your source for everything you need.
1 Timothy 6:10 – For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.