“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world,” (2nd Tim. 4:10a)
What shall it be then, the coming worldwide economic collapse and the instituting of a one world digital economic currency? What of the nearly constant worldwide protests, upheavals, wars and rumors of wars, the famines that are plaguing many nations, untold millions crossing borders and receiving what those nations are denying their own citizens? What of the world has caught your attention and is perhaps drawing that attention away from where it is to be, on the Lord Jesus Christ?
Something caught the eyes of Demas, and his heart was soon to follow, such is the way of mankind, easily deceived, easily persuaded, easily led astray.
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?” (Luke 15:4)
I mean this with no disrespect, for I could just as easily point to myself here, but how many times does the Lord need to leave those ninety-none and come and search for you again? How many more times will you succumb to the wiles of our adversary and begin to look upon the world, watching it destroy itself and allowing your heart to feel what you should not feel, fear.
I do not know if you have noticed this or not, but the world has not crumbled overnight, this descent towards the days of Jacob’s Troubles is a slow and gradual one, the brute beast must know trepidation with some semblance of hope, they must know fear while maintaining at least in their perceptions, some form of control over their personal lives. They will have, and do in some respects already, only two choices, submit or die, and that submission can only be persuaded in them one way.
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.” (Job 2:4)
They will not lose all at once, it must be removed from them gradually, one piece at a time, the fence must be brought in closer slowly.
“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” (Matt. 24:43)
On guard, all the time, cautions when viewing the way the world is going, not following, but observing, staying on the Rock of our salvation, but reaching out to those on the sinking sand.
If you spend any part of your day interacting with others, the news of the world is what you will hear, for those in and of the world have no other place to look. You do, you see eternity. You must do the same in this regard that our adversary is doing, you must pull the nose ring of the one you are speaking to slowly. I have yet to come upon a conversation that cannot be made to lead to the Lord Jesus Christ, each and every event they will speak to you about is an opportunity to lead them to the cross, if you will but listen.
In all actuality my friends, it is getting easier to do so, for most people are being bombarded with bad news on nearly a constant level today, and as all do, they want hope, they want to know that everything is going to work out in the end, for themselves, their children, for those they love and care for.
You carry that news in your heart.
It’s not going to change the world, but it might change them, it will not stop what is approaching, but it might quell the fear in their heart. The world called Demas, and he answered that call, you must not, and if you are going to love your neighbor, you must tell them of the one to whom this world belongs.