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Stewards: Demas- a bad steward

By Charlie Osewalt | 13 June 2013

Stewards- Demas

Demas: a bad steward

“this world”

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

I love this world. I have great hope – a certainty – about the next world, heaven. But I love this world; the people, ice cream, sauce on al dente pasta. It’s just that the Bible tells me that loving this world can be a problem.

A lot of people deserted Paul, including Demas. Why did he leave? Because ‘he loved this world’.

That makes me nervous.

Yet Paul doesn’t condemn him. In verse 16 Paul states: At my first defence, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.

It wasn’t just Demas who deserted Paul. Everyone did. Just like the disciples who fled from Jesus the night he was arrested. And what did Jesus do? He forgave. Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing? (Luke 23:34)

You see, at some time, in some way, we are all bad stewards. We love something, or we do something that has consequences we can’t predict. So we need a but, something that will help us back onto dry land. Paul gives us his:

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength (2 Timothy 4: 17)

Bad stewards can change. He loved this world more than he loved the thought of working with Paul, but Demas may have changed. We don’t know. What we do know is that in order to change, to love differently, to forgive fully, we don’t need to go to Thessalonica. We just need to go to Jesus. And He’s really not that far.

He’s right by our side. Closer to us than we are to ourselves.


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Posted by Charlie Osewalt

Charles Osewalt is a husband, father of four children and former elder at Redeemer Church NYC. He has worked in schools for the last twenty years as principal in the Morrisanna section of the Bronx. He formerly worked as a content and curriculum specialist for Stewardship. He tweets at @charlesosewalt


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