Loving This World

Loving This World

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Demas was a “fellow worker,” comparable to Mark (Philemon 1:24). To the Colossians, he was one of Paul’s companions, on par with Luke (Colossians 4:14). He had been a faithful servant, part of Paul’s inner circle.

But by the time Paul wrote to Timothy, Demas had “deserted” him. The Greek word indicates that he had transferred his loyalties elsewhere. What happened? Was he weary? In a relationship? A victim of sin? Attracted by other interests? We only know that his affections had shifted. Rather than seeking first God’s Kingdom, he had become focused on “this present world” with its pleasures.

Think of all that Demas had experienced! The miracles he had seen. The teachings he had heard. The times of prayer. Yet the attraction of the world was so strong that he could walk away from everything he knew. If the world could so pull this man, the same thing can happen to any of us.

Think about your own life – your affections, loyalties, and ambitions. What do you do with your time, talents, and treasures? Do the things of this world have such a hold on you that you might be willing to compromise or say or do the wrong things, even if just for a moment?

Search your heart. Renew your relationship with God. Remember, “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17).