One of the hardest parts of ministry for me is investing into a person’s life for a season and a couple years down the road they make a choice not to follow Christ. They begin connecting with wrong relationships that lead them astray or they just choose that the pleasures of this world is more valuable then following Christ. So today let’s look at Demas who was one of Paul’s followers who abandoned him after ministering with him for 2 years.
Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings. Colossians 4:14
Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. Philemon 1:23-24
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
Many of us have heard Bible stories of the rich young ruler who had to chose to follow Christ and he didn’t, but I found a guy named Demas who was a co-labourer with Paul. Demas went through many difficult situations with Paul, we know this because Paul held Demas in high regards, and was even imprisoned with Paul for the sake of the Gospel. What is so hard to comprehend is when a person has been exposed to the miraculous, has sat under personal teachings of Paul and even stood up for his faith; he chose to deny Christ and follow after his own fleshly desires. I’m sure Paul was sadden as he shared the news of his once companion in the good fight of faith and now has been deserted.
The thing we must always remember is that Demas didn’t deny Paul, he denied Christ and made a personal choice to follow the world. We in our ministries must not take the choices of those serving with us personal, it is spiritual. The enemy would like nothing better than to make those who are serving in our ministries to stumble and follow after their fleshly desire, we must never stop believing in prayer that God would keep our people strong and do our best to equip each one of them.