Under Gods Command

2nd Timothy 4:9-10 Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica.  Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 

Paul was virtually alone and probably lonely.  No one had come to his trial to speak in his defense (4:16), and Demas had left the faith (4:10).  Crescens and Titus had left, but not for the same reasons as Demas.  Paul did not criticize or condemn them.  Demas had been one of Paul’s coworkers (Colossians 4:14; Philemon 24), but had deserted Paul because he “loved this world.” In other words, Demas loved worldly values and worldly pleasures.

There are two ways to love the world.   God loves the world as he created it and as it could be if it were rescued from evil.  Others like Demas, love the world as it is, sin and all.

Lets Bring it Home: Do you love the world as it could be if justice were done, the hungry were fed, and people loved one another?  Or do you love what the world has to offer-wealth, power, and pleasure – even if gaining it means hurting people and neglecting the work God has given you to do.

To keep cool when you are jarred and jolted by people or circumstances, don’t react quickly.  In any work of ministry that you undertake, keeping a clear mind in every situation makes you morally alert to temptation, resistant to pressure, and vigilant when facing heavy responsibility.

Please remember that these emails are going to over 100 people.  I used BCC to keep your email address private.  I just want to share my own personal walk with you, and yes, please hold me accountable for my actions.   I love you all with the love of Jesus and there is nothing that you can do about it. 

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