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The Demas Road (1)

The Demas Road (1)

Paul writes one of the saddest verses in Scripture:

‘Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world.’

Following Jesus is a bit of a roller coaster.

A rattling car of enormous peaks, terrifying lows, pulsating twists and turns, and thrilling loop-the-loops. Sometimes we’re speeding along, enjoying the ride; other times we’re hanging on with bare white knuckles. Whatever we’re feeling, though, we’d be super-crazy to unbuckle during the ride. And yet some Christians do. Like Demas.

Perhaps he was tired of feeling alienated? Perhaps his doubts overcame him and he felt he couldn’t talk it over with others? Maybe a fellow believer hurt him? Maybe some stuff was too hard to believe now? Jesus seems to have that effect on some. ‘Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it”?…From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more’ (John 6:60 NKJV).

Even today, bits of Jesus’ teaching are easier to swallow than others. Heaven is a great idea. We love to hear that Jesus has a purpose for us. Loving God and loving others – nice one, Jesus. But what about sacrifice? What about the things that are even harder than love (and let’s face it, the ‘loving people’ thing isn’t always easy, anyway)? And could you just keep quiet about giving all our money away? I mean, c’mon!

What Now?

This issue we’re taking a special look at tough times that we face as Christians. Choose an article or two to read today, and if you like it, think of who else you know needs to read it… take time to share.

‘…Demas has forsaken me…’ 2 Timothy 4:10 NKJ

Joy Ferdiz

May 23rd, 2014

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