We are living in the last days. The Bible makes it clear how the last days will be, and much of what was prophesied is coming to pass. Everything written in the Scripture will eventually come to pass. God’s Word is true and never changes. The Bible tells us that in the last days people will be lovers of self.
As believers in Christ Jesus, we are to be guided by God’s Word and led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God guides us into all truth and reveals to us the secrets of the Kingdom of God.
We are not in the dark, we are children of the light. Whatever is happening in the world is not a surprise to us, because it has already been written and we know that everything that occurs in this world is within God’s plan. Nothing comes as a surprise to God; He is the One in control.
As children of God, we ought to remain watchful and prayerful. We should not be caught off-guard. Remain vigilant, do not slumber. Get to know the times that we are living in.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
We live in a world where too many people are self-centered. It has become a society where people seek what is in their best interest without considering their neighbor, and with no eternity in mind. Many people pursue what works for them, without regard to how their pursuits affect those around them. Too many people nowadays glorify themselves and have placed themselves on a pedestal. Remember, in the last days people will be lovers of self.
Many are driven by the love of money, earthly prosperity, outer beauty, fame, pursuing fashions and trends of the world, showing off their lifestyle, accumulating followers, likes and shares on social media, getting many views and going ‘viral’ on social media, and such like. Most of these things are mainly about show-off, about getting human praise and validation, and they point to self and are for self-promotion. In the last days people will be lovers of self; we are indeed living in the last days.
Many people who pursue such a lifestyle do not take the time to work on their souls and to grow spiritually and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and thus, even though they may appear good on the outside and prosperous by worldly standards, many are spiritually bankrupt.
Living life in pursuit of pleasures and cares of the world is a vain way to live, and is like chasing after the wind. The only life worth living is the life lived for the honor and glory of God.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind. Ecclesiastes 1:14.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
In the last days people will be lovers of self. There are many people nowadays who are talking about loving self, and many are claiming that self-love is the highest form of love. There are many people who have come up and are teaching people to love themselves first. People are being told to love themselves, to put themselves first, and to pursue their best interests first. This has led to the rise of people in society that are self-centered and who are driven by selfish carnal ambitions.
Such a message of putting oneself first and loving self seems good to hear and makes people feel good about themselves, but it is not scriptural. Such messages attract large audiences and end up giving people an excuse to pursue selfish interests, usually at the expense of those around them. The message speaks to the flesh and promotes a carnal way of living. It is a message that goes contrary to what the Word of God tells us to do. Instead of dying to self and crucifying the flesh, it encourages people to put self first. We are in the end times; in the last days people will be lovers of self.
We live in a selfie selfish generation where many people do not consider others and like attracting attention to themselves.
The Bible is clear that we are to love God first and above everything else, and also tells us that we are to do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit but in lowliness of mind we are to esteem others better than ourselves. The highest form of love is loving God first, and then loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Jesus was asked by a Pharisee who was an expert in the law what the great commandment is.
“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40.
The story of the good Samaritan illustrates to us how we are to love our neighbors. A certain man was going from Jerusalem to Jericho and was attacked by thieves. A priest came down that road and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan came, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. The Samaritan went and bandaged his wounds, set the man on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The Samaritan inconvenienced himself and paid the cost of taking care of that man who had been attacked, and in doing so, demonstrated real love towards his neighbor. Likewise, we are to go and do the same to those around us.
Unlike the ‘self-love’ that is being promoted, true love seeks to do good to others, even when it costs us.
Love is patient and kind towards others and is not self-seeking. True sacrificial love comes from God, and a person cannot truly love others without loving God first. Only in God do we get to know what true love is, and it is God who enables us to love others as He desires us to love.
To rise above the self-centered human nature and focus on the good of others requires God. God is faithful, when we are willing and obedient, He empowers us to love Him first above all else, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. Love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Beloved, since God loved us that much, we also ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 1 John 4:9-12.
If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 John 4:20-21.
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