“Therefore, I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.” — 2 Peter 1:12
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.” — 2 Timothy 3:1-5
No one needs to be persuaded concerning the perilous times we are living in. Earthquakes, tsunami’s, potentially lethal nuclear disasters, uncontrollable fires in the heartland of America and floods in the northeast just to mention a few. In addition to the natural disasters, we are facing a unprecidented time of political and national upheaval in the middle east and in other parts of the world.
We do need to be reminded though, of the greatest peril that our world is facing. The bankruptcy of our moral character is the most devastating crisis we are experiencing. Paul warned Timothy that these days would come.
I have come to see that one of the greatest contributors to this moral famine that we are experiencing is the unwillingness of parents and those in authority to be repetitive in the teaching and training process. It seems that many parents and public figures would rather be liked than be right. It is easier not to confront, not to correct, not to keep driving home the message until they “get it.”
Peter, following the example of Jesus, modeled the value of repetition in his ministry. He said he would, “…always be ready to remind you of these things…” He knew that the most important lessons required the greatest effort and diligence to teach. Peter also knew that posession of the truth was not enough. Possession without motivation is meaningless. He told those he was writing to that even though they had the truth, they still needed to be told the truth.
What is it that has become routine and “old hat” to you in the Christian life? Does it still stir your heart to read John 3:16 or has it become so familiar that it engenders contempt or at least passivity in your heart? Maybe we need to be told again. The Church in this generation has become so infatuated with something new that we may really need a season of repetition.
The safest place to be in these perilous times is the place of repetition.