A Different Kind Of Denial

A couple of Sundays ago, I shared a passage of Scripture with the band & tech team during our Communion and prayer time between dress rehearsal and service. I had come across it when a friend of mine shared it on Twitter. As soon as I read it, I was convicted and challenged.

1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self‑control, brutal, not lovers of the good,4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV, emphasis mine)

We’ve all lived among the sins in the first few verses, some more than others I’m sure, but I want to concentrate on the highlighted verse. How many of us have been there?

Personally it’s easy for me to go through the motions from time to time and deny the power of God. Never inadvertently or petulantly, mind you, but for me it’s a matter of taking His power for granted. (Frankly, I blame growing up in the church for making me an occasionally “soft” Christian, but that’s a whole other story…) I really don’t think I’m alone, either.

I don’t ever want to deny the opportunity for the same power that created life, that healed and fed innumerable people in need, that showed compassion, that conquered death, that saved my eternal soul to work in my life. I never want to fall into the trap of taking a powerful, majestic, and holy God for granted.

I hope the same can be said for you…