14 Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas (Colossians 4).
Now here’s a pair for you: “Luke the beloved physician … and also Demas.” No other companion or co-laborer received such a heartfelt description as Luke: beloved. Just as Jesus, the only begotten of the Father was His beloved Son, so was Luke everyone’s beloved physician. Paul did not write “my” beloved physician, but simply “the” beloved physician—everyone’s beloved physician and brother in the faith!
Then we have Demas—the one of whom Paul would later write: “having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica” (2 Timothy 4:10). What an honor for Demas, that his name should be written here in the same sentence with Luke, everyone’s beloved physician! And yet later this same man would cast such honor away by abandoning his faithful companions. It just goes to show you, we never know what someone might do to disappoint us—or perhaps what we may do to disappoint others.
Lord, help us This Day to remain faithful to You and all those who serve You. Amen.