“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica;
Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.”
2 Timothy 4:10
In the game of baseball, victory is determined by runs. It is not determined by strikes or strike-outs, hits, double plays, triple plays or the number of innings a game may go. It is only determined by runs. The player who hits the ball into left field for a single and even stretches it into a double and slides safely into second is not rewarded with “half-a-run.” It is not part of the final score. How true of life. How true of everything we do. It is not how well we start, how well we continue for a while, but whether or not we finish what we started.
Paul had a co-worker named Demas. How long he was involved with Paul or whether or not he had any particular skills in church planting is not known. What is known is that he deserted Paul because he loved the things of “this life.” He allowed his desire for worldly things and pleasures to surpass his desire for the things of the Lord.
There are two ways we might view the world. One is the way God intended it to be and the way it will be when He returns in His glory. The other way we might look at the world is as Demas did - as it is now with its evil attractions and sinful pleasures. All of us have the same choices as Demas and Paul: to live for the things of this world or the world to come. Life is a choice. Choose wisely.
May we desire to honor The Lord in all we do. May we turn our eyes to our Redeemer and off the things of this life. May we seek first the kingdom of God and a life of righteousness. May we truly desire to “In all thy ways acknowledge Him..”
Live by faith, walk in his Spirit, choose Him and have a GREAT day👍🏻
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Matthew 6:19-24
- Philippians 3:13-14
- James 4:4
- 1 John 2:15-17