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.2 Timothy 3:12
Earlier this week I spoke with a younger man and listened to him describe his desire for a “comfortable life.” He mentioned that he doesn’t desire great riches or status, but he desires a comfortable life, one that is enjoyable and idyllic at some level.
It was interesting to hear and I understand the sentiment because who wouldn’t love a little peace and safety? But that idea stands in stark contrast to the kind of life both Jesus and Paul described for those “who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus.”
When Jesus spoke of the last days, He warned, “they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake”(Matthew 24:9).
So while comfort is a blessing, so is being persecuted on behalf of our faith?
On the other hand, we can expect the imposters to continue in their downward spiral.
So where is the hope in the chaos?
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 3:14-15
Let’s make every effort to grow in wisdom based on the Truth of the Gospel.