There is not much said about Demas in the Bible, he is only mentioned twice in greetings, and once in a way that seems to sum up his Christianity in just a few words. Paul says to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 4:9-10, “Make every effort to come to me soon for Demas, having love this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica…”
Sometimes in Churches we find people who seemed to be on fire for Jesus, but all of the sudden quit coming around, they, like Demas, most likely love this present world.
What does it mean to love this present world? John gives us a clue in 1 John 2:15-16. He says, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
To love this world is to put your desire for the things this world can offer above your desire for following God’s will for your life. Traditionally it is said that Thessalonica was Demas’ hometown, so it seems instead of staying the course with Paul, he went home, back to his comfort zone.
Making Jesus your savior is easy, but to make Him your master comes with great difficulty.
Paul says in Acts 14:21-22, “And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.'”
Paul had said these words shortly after he was beaten and left for dead. Each one of us will experience different trials and tribulations in our life that will make us want to give up, but sticking with God will make you mature and cause you to be complete in Him.
Father, help me not shrink back to my comfort zone when I encounter trials in my life, please show me how to gain strength in You. In Jesus name, amen.