Break Aways and Betrayal
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. (2 Timothy 4:10-11)
Paul wrote numerous times about the sacrifices he made and the difficulty he endured for the sake of developing people and growing the church. He trained many dedicated, loving supporters of the ministry, including Luke, Mark, Titus, and Crescens, all who are mentioned in 2 Timothy 4:10-11.
Along with loyal followers, Paul also had some who were disloyal. More than once, Paul mentioned the devil used particular people to create division in his ministry. In 2 Timothy 4:10-11, Paul wrote about Demas forsaking him. Demas, a part of Paul's ministry, whom the apostle poured into and sacrificed for so the less experienced could accomplish all God wanted him to do, had selfishly decided to leave his mentor. Paul was a mature leader, but this must have hurt him; when someone you’ve trained betrays you, it stings no matter how spiritual or mature you are.
If another minister or pastor is training you, don't isolate and separate yourself from the one God has assigned to help you grow in your purpose and calling.
If you are training young ministers, remember there are more with you than against you. Paul mentioned five individuals in this verse, and only one of them betrayed him. Jesus had twelve disciples, and only one betrayed Him. Betrayal may happen, hurt may happen, but choose to focus on those God has sent to help you rather than those who have hurt you.
Practical Application – Call a faithful friend or mentor today and thank them for the time they have invested in your life. Ask them if there is something you can pray about for them.
1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 16:17