2 Timothy 3:1-9
1 Here is what I want you to know. There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will love themselves. They will love money. They will brag and be proud. They will tear others down. They will not obey their parents. They won't be thankful or holy. 3 They won't love others. They won't forgive others. They will tell lies about people. They will be out of control. They will be wild. They will hate what is good. 4 They will turn against their friends. They will act without thinking. They will think they are better than others. They will love what pleases them instead of loving God. 5 They will act as if they were serving God. But what they do will show that they have turned their backs on God's power. Have nothing to do with those people. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into the homes of silly women. They get control over them. Women like that are loaded down with sins. They give in to all kinds of evil longings. 7 They are always learning. But they never come to know the truth. 8 Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. In the same way, the teachers I'm talking about oppose the truth. Their minds are twisted. As far as the faith is concerned, God doesn't accept them. 9 They won't get very far. Just like Jannes and Jambres, their foolish ways will be clear to everyone.

As Paul writes to Timothy he wants him to know that it is not strange to find those committing sin within the confines of the church. The gospel is thrown like a net unto fish and it pulls in with it all kinds of life. Some give their lives to the gospel, while others pull away to escape. Jesus taught even when gold is found it also contains dross which must be burnt off. He even talked about the chaff among the wheat of the harvest floor. Many may enter into a church, some will be changed, some will start to listen and one day accept what they hear and there will be others who act as though they are serving God, but they are serving themselves.

As Christmas approaches think about who you are serving. Are you trying to do what pleases God or are you trying to bring joy to yourself. Seek out the truth of the birth of Christ and why he came into the world. Pray God would show you what is right and just. Pray for those who need His healing to be upon their lives. And pray that you can discern the truth and know right from wrong. May your Christmas be blessed in all ways.