The Bible contains many sad words. Near the top of the list, in my mind, is 2 Timothy 4:10: “Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.”
What a heartbreak it must have been for Paul to see one of his fellow workers desert him.
What a heartbreak it would turn out to be for Demas himself, who would soon find that the world he loved so much was so temporary.
Having an eternal perspective is a major tool in fighting the lure of the present age.
As Paul himself said, “The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
Don’t give up too early.