2 Chronicles 30-31
John 18:1-18

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”  Matthew 24:12-13

In the opening verse of this devotion, Jesus was describing what the end of the age would be like. When wickedness is pervasive and trauma is taking place, it can actually harden our heart and make it go cold to what is happening around us. The Apostle Paul, regarding the end time, tells us, “But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. 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…”
 (2 Timothy 3:1-4). What is interesting between Jesus and Paul is that Jesus describes the love of most growing cold and Paul describes the love of self growing hot. It is not that our love stops, but that our love becomes misplaced.
When we walk with someone other than God, it produces in us violence and corruption on a global scale. Yet, we were made to reflect the image and glory of God by depending upon Him and walking with Him. If we are walking with the god of this age who is at work in the world, it will produce corruption, slander, anger, hatred, love of self and not love of others. If we are walking with Jesus it will produce in us righteousness and a peace that preserves society. What we see throughout Scripture in the lives of Ruth, Daniel, Jeremiah, Esther, Amos, Matthew and John is that they walked differently than the culture that they were a part of because their worship was rooted in worshipping God and not culture. Walking with God produces righteousness, makes us blameless among the people of our generation, resists corruption and actively preserves humanity.
May we take some time and consider these questions: What does our life look like? Is our walk producing righteousness, a blameless life that resists the corruption of the world? If our life is not producing that, then the question we should ask is: Who are we walking with? Notice that the question is not will we walk with someone but who are we walking with? Who we walk with will determine what our witness is. When we love the wrong things, we walk away from the offer of life into death.
May we choose this day to walk with Jesus and live a life of right worship that stands out from the culture around us and stands up for the truth.
Dear Jesus, today I commit myself to walk with You from this moment onwards until my last breath. May my love for You never grow cold. Thank You, Lord.

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