The Cares Of This World

The apostle Paul had many people who worked with him or who were associated with him in the ministry and of whom he makes mention in his writings. There is one such person whom Paul wrote about in three different places. Paul refers to Demas as his “fellow worker” in his letter to Philemon (Philemon 1:24) and includes his name in sending greetings to the Colossians (Colossians 4:14). However, the next time Paul makes mention of Demas, which also happens to be the last time, he writes, “For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica” (2 Timothy 4:10).

Imagine someone who had rubbed shoulders with apostle Paul and had been his co-worker, being so deceived by the world that he would forsake the ministry and the apostle to go away and pursue his own plans in the world.

All of us need to guard our hearts from the attractions and cares of this world. On the one hand, life can become so easy, so comfortable that we forget our need to pursue our heavenly calling.

On the other hand, life can burden us with so many problems and worries that we become so busy trying to conquer the challenges and become a success, that we neglect the call. Jesus said, “The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (Mark 4:19).

Don’t let the world – its problems or its pleasures – rob you of the word that God has spoken to you for your life!



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