Hidden Signs of Jesus' Return: Lovers of Self
Our Hidden Signs of Jesus’ Return series has been inspired by “End Times Made Easy" by Joseph Morris. He shares his perspective on the topics included in this series if you would like to explore further. Another hidden sign of Jesus’ coming return has to do with the ungodly behavior and qualities that will become commonplace for many. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 says that in the end times, “people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.” That’s quite a list - especially that in the end times there will be “lovers of self.” Take a moment and look around us. It is all about me. Everyone is looking out for themselves. “Love your neighbor” is in decline. “Cancel culture” is everywhere. “Hater mobs” are the loudest voices. The selfie culture we have found ourselves in is the new narcissism. People love to take photos of themselves, glorify their lives, and focus on self. We even have selfie sticks! In a world that should be all about Jesus, “it’s all about me.” I have to believe this is another hidden sign that is growing increasingly visible, pointing us to Jesus’ return. So, what do we do as we see these things happening? Walk in the opposite spirit. Where the world says “self,” be Jesus to the world. Love your neighbor. Where hatred spews, release love. Where the family is being attacked, build strong families. Where the world loves lies, love truth. Where deceit portrays itself as a form of godliness, walk intimately with Jesus and ask for his power. It will set you apart in the days to come.