Is Your Radar Working?
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV): “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
COMMENTARY: With today’s technology, the world has become addicted to weather reports. We seek out the latest news about approaching storms. We trust weather forecasters so we can plan our lives accordingly. Why, then, are we so ignorant of, naive about, and blind to the signs of the times?
APPLICATION: Think of some of the sobering signs of the times in business today: The moral stigma on bankruptcy has all but dissipated. How many people are consumed by selfishness in their relentless pursuit to climb the corporate ladder? How many people covet material wealth and keep building bigger barns for all of their worldly treasure? How many people, organizations and governments are drowning in debt?
In short, how many churchgoing businesspeople are guilty of the very signs of the times that Paul writes about? It’s time for us to soberly watch our radar screens and repent of the sins which we condone and excuse as normal business practice. It’s time for Christ followers in the workplace to stand firmly on the Word, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and say NO to the world’s ways and YES to God’s ways regardless of the consequences. The darker the business world gets, the brighter we will be, and the more attractive the Gospel will be to businesspeople who are searching for genuine answers and solutions.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV), read Integrity and Relational Ability Are Key Leadership Qualities (1 Timothy 3:1–13; Titus 1:5–9) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.