Consider Your Ways, Evans Olang

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2Timothy 4:9-10, “9 Be diligent to come to me quickly; 10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia”

We all love the seal of approval from people who know us and respect what we do or what we’ve been called to do. Writers of books, those seeking elections, those who work on projects associate themselves with people who believe in them to endorse them and their products. They write forwards for their books, do commercials for them. They do not just pick anyone to endorse them, they pick people who are known, reputable, have credentials etc.

In this verse, we meet Demas. You may have heard his name or hearing it for the first time. Here we find Apostle Paul writing to his son in the faith final thoughts while hoping to see him shortly. In this writing, he brings Timothy up to date on the spiritual condition, activities and whereabouts of certain men and women who either helped or harmed his ministry.

We have to start by knowing who Demas was and how his life is applicable in our generation. Demas had been one of Paul’s close associates along with Luke and Epaphras. He had ministered alongside of Paul on many occasions but it appears that as time went by, something in him began to change. While Paul gave updates and seal of approval on everyone, he says nothing positive about Demas, here is what he says, 2Timothy 4:9-10, “9 Be diligent to come to me quickly; 10 for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica”, Demas though little is known of him is a presentation of many in our today’s Christianity.

A question that arises at this moment is, was Demas a believer or a false convert. He forsook and left Paul to embrace the present world. It is not said that Demas had ceased to be a Christian publicly renouncing the Lord; but it was not in his heart to bear the cross with the apostle. I think he loved comfort, he loved the easy going life, he could have also loved money. He loved what following Christ did for him as long as he did not have to suffer for Christ. He started well but then changed course. He began to be influenced, shaped, and drawn to the world. This is how Lot ended up in Sodom. He started by pitching his tent facing Sodom and before long he was living in Sodom.

If you hooked up with Paul, you had better buckle up for a bumpy ride for he faced things like persecution, shipwreck, imprisonment etc. Demas may have not counted the cost of genuine commitment of following Christ. Today we would call it easy believing, exactly what is being preached by many out here. Preaching that promises heaven on earth, preaching that does not talk about bearing the cross, putting the hand on the plow and not looking back. Preaching that says come to Christ without your life being changed. Churches that appeal to men rather than God by creating worldly atmosphere, using worldly gimmicks and techniques to draw people in. Turning away from the power of prayer and the power of God through the preaching of gospel to power of suggestions, and before long, Demases are created who may be out of Egypt but Egypt is not completely out of them.

We therefore must examine ourselves as to whether we are being drawn back to the world, maybe not by the people of the world but by those who name the name of Christ and are using His name to cause people to drift. Paul in 2Corinthians 13:5-6, writes “6 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified”. He is not talking about what someone did at the point of salvation but what someone is doing now. What we are doing now will determine what happened on that day we became believers. If we repented then, we are still repenting today etc.

If we are to stay on course, we must consider our ways. We must examine ourselves to be sure we are not drifting back. Lamentations 3:40-41, “40 Let us search out and examine our ways, And turn back to the LORD; 41 Let us lift our hearts and hands To God in heaven”, Isaiah 8:19, “And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?”. We must be careful who we allow to speak into our lives especially preachers if we are to make it till the end, that is why there is safety under a good shepherd who feeds and protects God’s sheep. No one wants to come this far only to wreck their faith because of what they allowed in their lives. One preacher cried out to God saying, “Lord don’t let me wreck my ship (life) as I am getting closer to the harbor”.

What became of Demas?, there is a great indication in Colossians 4:14 that Demas was restored. Are you a Demas today who needs to be restored? Consider your ways, examine yourself and see if you be in the faith and turn back to God. Blessings, Ev

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