2 Tim. 1:15, This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
Can you imagine all the people that participated in the Kingdom of God with Paul the Apostle, so many that are NEVER named.
In this portion we have 2 men named, but not because they were a blessing, but because they WALKED AWAY! The written testimony of their lives is that they WALKED AWAY…ohhhh my!
The word deserted does not mean that they just stopped being friends with Paul, but the word describes that they left Paul, but also the doctrine, teaching, Gospel that Paul taught.
THEY STARTED OUT GOOD OR PAUL WOULD HAVE NEVER HAD THEM WITH HIM. THEY HAD TO HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO PAUL FOR HIM TO MENTION THEM.
The mention wasn’t that they overcame, the testimony they will be forever known for was that they TURNED AWAY, DESERTED, DIDN’T FINISH THE RACE!
2 Tim. 4:10, for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
Demas was a man who participated with Paul during imprisonment. He went through tough times with the man of God. The FINAL TESTIMONY that he left was not one of FAITHFULNESS, but of FORSAKING, WALKING AWAY.
Deman chose THE WORLD, over Jesus……
Demas chose the temporary pleasures of this short life, rather than the eternal transforming presence of Jesus.
Phygellus, Hermogenes, and Demas all left their mark in history – their mark was WALKING AWAY FOR FOOLISHNESS.
IF YOU DIED TODAY WHAT WOULD BE WRITTEN ABOUT YOU?
Were you FAITHFUL to Jesus, or did you choose to LOVE THE WORLD MORE THAN HIM?
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