Standing still is backwards

Hi and I trust this finds you well

There is a Bible verse that really opens up my eyes to how I need to live as a Christian in the secular arena of work

2 Timothy 3 verse 13 says this:

“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

Men are not improving; they are growing increasingly worse! Here God is acknowledging that human nature is prone to “progressive degeneration”. There are two related reasons for this:

  1. Sin has a drug-like addictive quality in that the sense of relief, satisfaction, or pleasure derived from it does not last. So, to receive the same amount of pleasure as before, a person needs to sink deeper and deeper to get the same satisfaction as before.
  2. Closely related is that a person must commit the sin more frequently because the duration of satisfaction decreases the longer one continues in a sin.

Because of this inclination, social and religious barriers to immoral behaviour within the individual and our communities gradually come down. Therefore, I believe we are seeing each new generation providing a more fertile breeding ground for sin because human nature provides no real block to it. As sin becomes more acceptable in a society, people have more difficulty recognizing it.

To the Christian, this sets up a disturbing possibility. Suppose twenty years ago we were fifty percent effective in shining the light of Christ to our communities and today we are still fifty percent effective. As human standards as seen by Paul are worse then our percentage effectiveness is much less since we have stood still but human kind has degenerated!

People who do not understand sin call evil good and good evil until society reaches the point illustrated in Genesis 6:5: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” In cultures all over this globe, mankind is rapidly approaching conditions that are just like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37).

The Bible describes this state becoming global as it is as an indication of the soon return of Jesus and so as a Christian at work I need to pray for even greater strength to witness and greater humility to become more Christ like so that the positive influence of Christ on others may grow and not diminish giving colleagues and friends chance to receive salvation while it is still available.

Have a good week everyone.

Mark

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