Thursday, May 24, 2007

What happened to Demas?

In Philemon Paul speaks highly of Demas as he included him in his list of fellow workers. He is also mentioned in Colossians in a favorable (neutral) light. However, in 2 Timothy, at the end of Paul's life, he seriously rebuked Demas as one who had deserted him and categorized him as someone who was in the love with this world. Ouch - that is a significant change of events - from confidant to deserter. What happened? I guess it is pretty obvious. Demas' love for Christ and his church was surpassed by his love for the world and probably himself. Being a follower of Christ demands our everything. We must be sold out. We must truly, from the depths of our being, die to self. Jesus said we must be willing to leave our families, or jobs, our very lives if we are to follow him. We cannot be disciples of Christ only when it feels good; only when everything is exciting; only when it is easy. We must forsake all others, including ourselves and this world, fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith.

1 comment:

Bill Reichart said...

I have preached on Demas before, and his departure from following Christ is a good reminder of need everyday to allow the Spirit to work in, through and on our lives. We see only Demas' life in snapshots, but I am certain it was the accumulation of a lot of poor, smaller choices.
Bill from ProvocativeChurch