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February 26, 2021

Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3


 Our God is so knowledgeable of our human needs, one of those needs is companionship, which God recognized in the Garden of Eden when he said “…It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18).  In serving God the only companion that we need is Him. Yet God, knowing our nature, gave us a body of likeminded individuals to serve with. We see then from scripture that this is one reason the church is so important.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25). Instead of forsaking the assembling we are to be with the body of Christ exhorting one another.

As we know, the Christian life can and will be trying at times. “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (2 Corinthians 4:11).

Paul, faced many trials and yet just as is the case in our text today, those that he served with were one of the greatest encouragements to him. Sometimes the only encouragement we need is just to see that others are being tried and staying faithful to Christ.

The book ‘Art Worlds’ by Howard S. Becker, opens with this quote “It was my practice to be at my table every morning at 5:30 a.m.; and it was also my practice to allow myself no mercy. An old groom, whose business it was to call me, and to whom paid…for the duty, allowed himself no mercy. During all those years at Waltham Cross he was never once late with the coffee which it was his duty to bring me. I do not know that I ought not to feel that I owe more to him than to any one else for the success I have had. By beginning at that hour I could complete my literary work before I dressed for breakfast.”

Even in the simple things, the devotion of others can become such encouragement.


Parting thought:

We have a choice to be as Mark, who was “profitable…” to Paul “…for the ministry.” Or we can be as Demas who had forsaken him, having loved this present world.

The assurance of every truth of scripture is just the beauty of it. First because He has promised to do it; and God's promises are bonds that never yet were dishonored. Secondly, because Christ Jesus hath taken an oath that He will do it.“ ~C.H. Spurgeon