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Demas is only mentioned three times in the New Testament. But for such a minor character there is a lot that we can learn from him. Why all the mystery from just three mentions in the Bible? What happened to this friend of Paul?
You might be thinking... "Demas? Who the heck is Demas?"
And you aren't alone. Most people probably don't know who he is.
Yet, he is truly one of the saddest stories in the entire Bible.
Demas was a fellow worker with Paul and he's mentioned in a few places. Here's one:
"Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings."
He was a missionary. He fed the poor. He prayed for the sick. And through trial and suffering, he brought the gospel to some really hard places alongside of Paul.
And that sounds great, right? What's so sad about that?
Towards the end of his life, Paul wrote a second letter to Timothy. Paul was getting old and he wanted to give all he could to his young disciple. Here's what he wrote:
"Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica."
—2 Timothy 4:9-10
Here is Paul, imprisoned and struggling, and Demas decides to leave him.
Did Demas struggle with the decision to leave?
Was it spur of the moment?
Did he prepare Paul before he left or did he leave secretly in the night?
We're not really sure how Demas left Paul, or what happened. All we know is that he left.
Here is Demas, working in ministry alongside one of the world's greatest missionaries, and it wasn't enough for him. The world still looked better. He just couldn't shake it.
I know how often I think... "Man, if I could see what Paul saw, I would never doubt again!"
But that just isn't true. Demas proves that to us.
Demas saw it all, and it wasn't enough. The world looked better to him.
👉 Never stop running after Jesus. The world will always keep calling your name. There will always be temptation. Run after Jesus. Don't get comfortable.
I think that is it.
Demas didn't decide one day to just give up on it all. I am sure it happened slowly, over time. A slip here, a slide there... But his lesson is to not give up! Don't give in to temptation! It's a lie that the world is better than Jesus!
Don't be like Demas. Don't be a DEMAS. Jesus is always better than the world.