Only three verses in the Bible mention Demas, but Bible students would do well to keep him in mind. From these references we learn that Demas was once a fellowlaborer of Paul. His salutations are given alongside of Luke s. What an honor to be counted among the faithful! What a privilege to work in the kingdom of God! What a great start to this Christian s life story! At the end Paul writes, Demas hath forsaken me having loved this present world (2 Timothy 4:10). He was numbered among the deserters. There is no honor or glory here. Peter said, For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them (2 Peter 2:20,21). What a tragic end to this short biography!
Dear Christian friend, do not let your story read the same: a good beginning, a tragic end. Persevere! Remember, Demas's problem was that he loved the world. We, too, are warned, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15).