Word 4U Today

The Demas Road (2)

The Demas Road (2)

Again we ask, ‘What happened to Demas?’ Maybe his faith caused too many scrapes.

When Paul came to town, some came to faith while others came at him with stones. Beatings, imprisonment, and arguments were probably a fat amount of Paul’s morning prayer-list. Maybe Demas signed up thinking all life’s problems would vanish by following Jesus.

Church conferences today, especially for young people, can sometimes have this flavor:

‘Those who want a better life, raise your hands! Those who want to follow Jesus to have a better life, raise your hands!’

(Not a direct quote, but you get what we mean, right?)

Think of the bits we leave out when we talk about our faith. How often do you hear, ‘Follow Jesus. Be misunderstood by people. Be the butt of jokes. Take the heat for controversial issues. Say no to fun stuff. Right, who wants to become a Christian?’

OK, maybe this is not the way to win people over. But perhaps there is room in our evangelism for a fuller picture to be painted. Jesus certainly didn’t hide the tough stuff,

‘If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you’

(John 15:18-19 NKJV).

If we want more Paul-people and less Demas-dudes, we need to balance what Jesus Himself taught – taking the rough with the smooth.

What Now?

Following on from yesterday, ask to do a study in your church group which deals with an unpopular or tricky subject.

‘Demas…loved this…world.’ 2 Timothy 4:10 NKJ

Joy Ferdiz

May 24th, 2014

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