|Aired week of Aug 21 - 27, 2011
“The Last Days - Lovers of Self”
Hi! I'm Don Guthrie and I would like to thank you for joining me as we look into God’s Holy Word in order to learn
how to become a more faithful followers of Christ, and a better witnesses to the world.
As I begin, I would invite you to pray with me. Lord, I come before you this day in the name of Jesus. I ask that you
anoint me with your Holy Spirit and speak to those who are listening to my voice so that they might hear and
understand what you have to say to them. Open our heart and our ears that we might receive the message you have
for us today, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN
If possible; I would invite you to open your bibles to 2 Timothy, chapter 3, where we will be looking at verses 1-7. If
it is not possible, then I would invite you to listen closely to the words of this passage as I read them.
2 Timothy 3:1-7
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of
those that are good,
4. Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with
sins, led away with divers lusts,
7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
If you happened to be listening last week, I told you then that I was going to be preaching a series of messages on
the last days. Several of the messages will come from 2 Timothy Chapter three, and some from other passages.
Although no-one can know when Jesus is coming, there are signs that we are to be looking for, that point to his coming
Last week I spoke about the perilous times in which we live which is found in verse one. Today I’ll be speaking of
how men have become Lovers of Self as is written in verse two.
Verse two of second Timothy three says:
2 Timothy 3:2
2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.
There are some who would argue and say that Jesus isn’t coming soon, and some would argue and say that he’s
not coming at all. Never the less, no matter what anyone thinks, Jesus is coming and from the signs I’ve studied, I can’t
help but believe that he is going to come soon. For this reason, we need to prepare ourselves so we can go with him to
heaven when he comes. Those who are ready and prepared to go will go with him. Those who are not ready will be left
to face the wrath God he pours it out on the ones who are after the rapture of the church takes place. When this
happens, men are going to beg God to die, but death will not find them. There will be suffering greater than anything
the earth has ever seen, and yet, according to the book of Revelation, men will curse God instead of repenting of their
sins and seeking his salvation.
Jesus gave us many signs that point to his coming. Last week we looked at the Perilous time in which we live.
Today we will be looking at how man has become lovers of themselves. Next week and the weeks to come, we will look
at other signs, all pointing to one things; the coming of Jesus.
Today, I want you to consider how man has become lovers of themselves, and at how they are covetous, boasters
and proud. Never at any time in History has there been a time when man has loved themselves like they do today. For
the most part, people today think only of themselves and care very little about the people around them. I thank God that
everyone isn’t like this. We still have people who love God and their fellowmen, but there are many who don’t.
One of the reasons mankind acting like they do is the society in which we live, but even more so, it is because of
people lack a right relationship with God. Those who love God and their neighbor as Christ commanded are very rare.
Instead people are in love with their self. Many are covetous, and others like to boast of what they have. Many are filled
with pride and have an inflated ego.
As I look around, I see new homes going up, homes that has to be considered a mansion instead of a family
dwelling, I‘m talking about homes that cost a half million dollars or more. What has happened to people building an
affordable home, something they can afford and eventually pay for?
The same holds true for automobiles. Most people want the very best and the very latest model automobiles and
the prices of automobiles have skyrocketed. It’s not uncommon to pay thirty or forty thousand dollars for certain
automobiles just to park in the driveway of your new home.
Several years ago, I learned of a man and woman who had purchased a very expensive four-wheel drive S. U. V.
Although they had a four-wheel drive, they refused to drive it in the snow and or on the ice, for fear of scratching the
paint, or damage it in some way. Apparently, all the vehicle was for was for them to show off. What other purpose did it
serve? Instead of driving it in the snow, as it was designed to do, they sat at home or drove their two wheeled drive
vehicle to get where they were going.
This problem is everywhere, in all walks of life. Pride is causing folks to build expensive homes, and to purchase
expensive cars, and clothing. Even though less expensive homes, less expensive automobiles, and less expensive
clothing would be more suitable, many prefer to have the bigger, the better and the ones with fancy brand names. The
desire of man’s heart to get ahead, and stay ahead of their neighbor, has caused great financial difficulties for many
We are living in a time when many get so far into debt, they will never be able get there head above water again.
Many will leave their children the debts they’ve made, and their children will be paying for their parents debts long after
the parents are gone.
It’s not uncommon for a family to owe several hundred thousand dollars on their home, tens of thousands of dollars
on their automobiles, and to have fifty or sixty thousand dollars worth of debt on credit cards. Yet, these same folks
make more bills, and run up more credit just so their family can eat and to put clothing on their back.
The result of our actions is that we are a nation who is basically bankrupt, a nation living well above our means,
and we are going deeper and deeper into debt every day. About fifteen years ago, it was said that the average
American spends one dollar and twenty-five cents for every dollar that they earned. Today, that figure is more like one
dollar and fifty cents and maybe more, for every dollar that’s earned.
The question is; why is this so? Why are we so gullible that we want everything we see? Why aren’t we satisfied
with the things we have? Why do we always want the best of everything?
The answer is simple as well as biblical. Second Timothy three, verses one and two states, “In the last days
perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud.” Brothers and
Sisters, herein is the answer to the problems we face in the world of today. We are living in the last days, perilous times
are upon us, and for the most part, humankind is lovers of their own selves.
Many of you, like I, started out with little. My wife and I lived with my parents for the first six months of our
marriage, until we were finally able to get our house trailer set up on a piece of ground that my parents gave us. We
moved into our mobile home where we lived with no indoor plumbing, and very little in the way of modern convinces.
We lived that way until we got ahead enough to get a loan and build the home in which we now live. Even so, our home
isn’t fancy. We don’t have nice furniture, or fancy things, yet we have all we need and much more than a lot of people
around the world have. I thank God daily for what I have and I thank him providing for us daily. We still owe money, but
someday, I hope to be free of debt and sit on my front porch enjoying my home.
Unfortunately, many today who are starting out, would never consider living in a mobile home. It would be too
degrading, and beneath them. Many will only accept the best money can buy and will consider nothing less.
What has made us so proud and covetous, that we can’t live in a simple home? Why have we become so proud
that we cannot be seen in a cheap or a used automobile? Why do we need the latest fashions, name brand shoes, and
clothing, brand new cars with gadgets we will never use, fancy houses and fancy yards?
The reason is, we want something we can be proud of, something we can boast of and impress others with. We
want these things because we are lovers of self, and we are covetous of what others have. We have become proud in
our heart, and we love to boast about the things we have. Boasting, is not only done with our mouth, we boast simply
by our displaying our stuff so others can admire it and covet what we have.
There was a man I used to work with who made a statement I’ve never forgotten. We were talking about something
that I couldn’t afford, and I asked him, “How can people afford that?” He said, “A person doesn’t have to be rich to act
like he is.” Did you catch that, “A person doesn’t have to be rich to act like he is?” The banks will give you all the credit
you want, and credit card applications come in the mail every day.
It seems that the feeling for many is, Eat, drink, buy everything on credit. You only live once, so get all you can
while you are here, even if you never pay for it. After all, if you’re in debt up to your ears, who cares? Eventually you’re
going to die, so you might as well live it up, and purchase all you can. What’s important to some is making a name for
your self and looking good to others. You can’t let your neighbor get ahead of you, and you certainly don’t want to look
like you can’t afford the very best.
Well, I beg to differ with this kind of thinking. I don’t have the best, and I don’t want it.
Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus said
19. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break
through and steal:
20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do
not break through nor steal:
21. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
We are to lay up our treasures in heaven not here on earth. If one spends their whole life trying to outdo other
people, how will they have time for God? If one needs so many things they will never be able to pay for them, where
are their treasures laid up?
My simple home and my used vehicles are more than enough for me. The clothing I purchase at Wal-Mart is fine.
The suit I purchase off the bargain rack is efficient. I prefer to have my treasures laid up in heaven. I don’t need any
If loving oneself and coveting what others have is a sign of the end of time, and according to 2 Timothy, it is, I
believe you would have to agree, that we are living in the last days. In our society, man covets what others have,
causing them to purchase things they can’t afford. When we see someone with the latest gadgets, we want them too.
We’re far too proud to admit we can’t afford it, so we charge it. Once we have the latest and greatest, we have to show
it off to others, so we boast about it, and cause them to want the same thing.
As a society we’re always looking for something bigger, better and shinier. We spend hundreds of millions of
dollars every each just trying to look good. We spend millions of dollars eating in the finest restaurants, and purchasing
tickets for entertainment.
I have a great concern for mankind. People are trapped because of their lust and by coveting the things of the
world. Many are so tied down that they have no time for God, family or anything wholesome in their life. They place
God on the back burner of their life, out of sight, out of mind unless they need something from him.
We are living in the last of the last days. Bible prophecy has been fulfilled, and Jesus is coming soon.
Are you ready to meet him when he comes?
Have you made your preparations to meet him?
He is coming, and only those who are prepared will be going home with him.