1 Tim. 4:10-11 “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”
We all have probably heard a message from this passage about how Demas forsook Paul. Paul wants his last letter from prison before martyrdom and announces to the world the disciple Demas’s demise. However, he continues the letter. In fact, he goes on to tell of many others who stood faithfully and still served the Lord. Somehow, we forget these and often focus more on departing Demas than we do lasting Luke or triumphant Titus. YP, I think that’s how it is in our Youth Departments. Sometimes we get so disappointed about teens who don’t listen, don’t participate, who are rebellious, carnal, worldly, scornful, critical, and out of the Youth Department. We miss those who are giving, excited, fired up, loving it, excited to be there, and live for it.
1. Don’t Let 2 Demas’s Distance You from 14 Disciples
In 2 Timothy 4 there are 16 people named. 2 of them are those who would be considered negative toward Paul. 14 of them were positive. (vs. 2)
Focus on the 14. Help the 14. Keep the 14 excited, growing, praying, singing, and ready.
2. Don’t Let Demas Discourage You from Making More Disciples.
I’m sure Paul loved Demas and was heart-broken he had left. There were a lot of other young men that wanted Paul’s help and Paul couldn’t cry in a corner, he had to go after those young men
3. Don’t Let Demas Disappear from Your Heart
Paul proves that Demas’s departure didn’t discourage him. It drove him to pray and think of him often. NEVER GIVE UP ON A TEENAGER.
Paul knew this as he writes in verse 11 about a former failure “Take Mark and bring him with thee; for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”
Paul knew a Demas could make a return to a disciple. He had seen it. Pray, text, email, message, use kind words, but never give up!!!
4. Don’t Overlook Your Lasting Luke
“Only Luke is with me.” Sometimes as YP’s only the 7th graders are with me. LOL GO with it! When the seniors check out. Work to keep them, but don’t overlook those excited 7th graders that are next!
When that 10th grader is lukewarm
Don’t overlook those 11th graders that are on fire for God
14 were listed as doing good work
2 were negatively mentioned
Don’t let Departing Demas make you overlook Lasting Luke!
Bro. William Davis
Youth Pastor at Clays Mill Baptist Church