2 Timothy 4:1-12
For time and eternity the name “Demas” is forever associated with a Believer who backslid on God and dishonorably discharged himself from the work of the ministry. Every believer possess the propensity to do the same, but we resolve that we won’t be a “Demas”! Here are three things we can see in the life of Demas that no doubt pushed him backward over the fence of following God:
1. DEMAS HAD A TITLE HE DIDN’T UPHOLD!
Colossians 4:14 “Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.”
Demas is listed among others who were faithful servants of God. Demas was a Christian. Demas was a servant. Demas was a child of God. For Demas to backslide and choose the world over God, he must’ve devalued his title!
2. DEMAS HAS A TASK THAT HE DIDN’T UNDERTAKE
Philemon 1:24 “Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.”
Demas is expressly called a “fellow labourer.” He had a calling upon his life. Demas had a purpose. Demas had a job to do for God. For Demas to backslide, he had to miss the will of God for his life!
3. DEMAS HAD A TEMPTATION HE DID UNDERESTIMATE
2 Timothy 4:10b “Having loved this present world, and is departed…”
Demas had an affection for the world. He loved it. Demas, no doubt, thought he could successfully walk a crooked path, weaving back and forth between the world and the will of God without being overtaken. Demas backslid because he didn’t take temptation seriously!
“Being a backslider is just like having bad breath. It bothers everyone around you, but no one wants to have to tell you about it!” – Bob Jones Sr.
Illustration: During the great Welsh revival, an old shepherd was asked to stand and open the service in prayer. Baring his heart to God, the old man confessed his own wandering from God. He prayed, “Lord, I got among the thorns and briars, and was sctratched and torn and bleeding; but, it is only fair to say that it was not Thy ground; I had wandered out of Thy pasture.”
Pastor Justin Cooper
New Testament Baptist Church