Make every effort to come to me soon; for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Pick up Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for service. But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching. 2 Timothy 4:9-15
If you are involved in Christian life for any period of time, you will share some very exciting victories, but you will also endure some disappointment and desertion from those with whom you travel. The apostle Paul shared his broken heart with Timothy. Demas left Paul and the faith and became worldly. Luke stayed faithful. Tychicus was sent on a nearby mission. And now, Paul was ready to be reunited with John Mark who earlier was a bit of a deserter. Lastly, Paul warned Timothy about Alexander who really did harm to Paul’s ministry. This is life. These are the relationships we have.
What kind of friend am I on this journey? Am I someone others want alongside? Who are my closest friends? Do they know I appreciate them?
God, as this day begins- I thank you for the long list of faithful sojourners that have accompanied me, and some who still are right here alongside. Help me see if I have neglected any.
Jonathan Edwards Resolution #14. Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.