The Believer, the World, and Christ: Part 4


10 For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (2 Ti 4:10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

We do not know what happened to Demas after this. He deserted Paul. We do not know why really. He could have feared further persecution. He could have tired of the journey and ministry. All we know is that he was “in love with this present world.”

This world is alluring. It gives us lots of pleasure. It can tempt and toy with us. The world is attractive because we can see it and feel it easier than we can see and feel God.

But we also know this — the world, though attractive, leads us away from God. Demas, “in love with this present world” abandoned Paul and the ministry and, we can assume, abandoned his journey with Christ.

Journeying with Christ takes active commitment. The world allows passive commitment. If you commit yourself to Christ, you must commit. Don’t be like Demas and go off to enjoy the world at the expense of enjoying Christ.

This world is fleeting. We can make one final assumption about Demas based on his love of the present world and abandoning the faith. His date of departure from this world was the last good day he has had for all eternity. Those who commit to Jesus have better days ahead.

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Erick Erickson
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