10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 2 Timothy 4:10
It has to be embarrassing for this guy named Demas. You don’t get many opportunities to have your name in a book that will be read by billions, but Demas did. And Paul record for all of humanity that Demas loved the world and deserted him. The two actions were obviously related in Paul’s mind that one caused the other.
How can we avoid the mistak Demas made? What was it about the world that lured Demas into loving it?
From a purely temporal standpoint, the Western world has a lot to offer. Opportunities to succeed abound. Life is good. There’s no need to worry or fret over everything. We live like kings and queens used to live with the creature comforts we enjoy. We get to poke fun at Demas and to call him out for loving the world, but if we’re honest, there’s a lot to like about the world.
And we’re still not satisfied, are we? We’re not even satisfied inside the walls of our churches.
Bigger. More. Higher. Better. More. Additions. Christian Education wing. More. Have some coffee. Missions wing. More. Be comfortable in church. Bigger.
Think about what it means to love the world today. What are we doing that leans that way? What can we do to move away from that kind of thinking without withdrawing from the world completely?
We don’t know much about Demas. We do know what he’ll be known for throughout the ages. We can learn from him.