“Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia.” (2 Timothy 4:10, NLT)
Demas deserted Paul because loved the temporary perishing things of this life more than the eternal aspects of life promoted by the gospel. Being actively involved as a CONVERTERLATOR is one of the best protections against falling into the plight of Demas. This brings another new word to be aware of as we navigate our way through this world: CONSUMERLATOR.
A CONSUMERLATOR is an agent or modality that is engaged in stealing, killing, and destroying our opportunities to CONVERTERLATE our perishable time, talents, and treasures into the imperishable values that will last for eternity. Demas was a CONSUMERLATOR because he was apparently unwilling to defer experiencing some temporary pleasures of this world in order to accumulate treasure in heaven.
We are facing eternity. As Christians we will have to stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
“For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” (2 Corinthians 5:10, NLT)
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.” (1 Corinthians 3:11–15, NLT)
It is critical we learn how to make the Word of God personally operative in our lives so we can make the right choices while we are in this world. The Word of God shows how we can avoid being overcome by the CONSUMERLATOR. Most importantly, it tells us how to avoid the eternally devastating result of having our life end up in a pile of ashes before the judgment seat of Christ.
Be a CONVERTERLATOR and avoid the CONSUMERLATORS!
Today, ask yourself:
Am I implementing the best offense against the CONSUMERLATORS who steal, kill, and destroy the opportunities I have to CONVERTERLATE my time, talents, and treasures into the imperishable values of heaven?