Paul tells of the loss of one of his group in II Timothy 4:10. He says, “Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me…” It wasn’t that Demas was unable to continue. It was that he was unwilling. He was more in love with the creation that he was the Creator and when faced with the choice between the two, his true love came out. God had given Demas an opportunity for eternal usefulness. But the love of the world drew him away to a lesser life and lesser end. Have you ever abandoned a Kingdom opportunity because other worldly activities held a higher priority? Being a good steward is much more about our heart than it is about our service. Demas for a while was busy doing God’s work, but his heart was still in the world. Think about it.
For additional thoughts on this verse, read “Do You Love the World?”