Verse of the day
For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
The popular notion about today’s verse is that Demas renounced the Faith. However, Apostle Paul states that He left him, forsaking him in the ministry at the time when he needed him deeply. He chose instead to go to Thessalonica, where life was perhaps easier and he didn’t have to express his faith openly.
Demas was like a man like the rest of us. He would rather play it safe, be “wise” than lose his life. I want to believe that he continued sharing the gospel but not at the expense of his life. He didn’t stay with Paul, suffering for Christ or go with Crescens to Galatia or with Titus to Dalmatia where He would have had to work with others, actively sharing the gospel and expressing their faith. He didn’t want to be intentional about preaching the gospel.
Demas, like many of us, forgot that if our hands are laden with pebbles, we cannot grasp the precious stones that are offered us in Christ. He was in Christ and yet didn’t let go of the things of this world. He desired to ‘belong’ forgetting that we are in the world but not of the world. All the world offers us are like pebbles painted in gold. They are nothing compared to the great treasures we have in Christ, wrapped in clay.
This does not imply that we will always face intense persecution. But in all that we do, we should be constrained by the love of God shed abroad in our hearts and our love for people both lost and found. There should be a readiness of heart to say “yes” to wherever our Father leads us whenever He says it -whether the deep woods or in the bright city.
References: 1 John 2:15-17, Romans 8:3
Father, I am committed to being guided by your Love. I’ll say “yes” to your will and way. I work by faith and not by sight
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