“Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring his with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.” II Timothy 4:11
You recollected the history of Apostle Paul formerly known as Saul and how he used to persecute the Church before Jesus Christ intervened. Since then, Paul remained one of the most devote disciples of the Lord, and he was the one who wrote most of the books in the New Testament.
Here in the book of Timothy, Apostle Paul was addressing Timothy through this epistle, talking about his last days on earth then going on to mention how certain disciples had deserted him and the gospel. Paul mentioned Demas who preferred the world than God, Crescens who fled to Galatia, and Titus who went on to Dalmatia, and of course Alexander, the coppersmith who did evil to Paul.
By the time Paul finished writing about this persons, he referred to just two disciples who remained loyal and they are Luke and Mark. In fact, Luke stayed with Paul in spite of the odds. He did not deserted Paul like the others. There was no doubt he was there all the time, serving Paul in obedience to God’s commandment without any grudges.
When Paul was addressing Timothy, he asked for Mark. This is where I would like you to pay attention. Of course, Paul was able to do without Mark but because sometimes ago, Mark had proven worthy of being a true disciple, Paul still kept the man in his mind.
Apostle Paul believed Mark should be with him, to spend the rest of his days with him. You know he wrote of Mark as ‘for his is profitable to me for the ministry.’
Make I ask? Are you profitable for the Kingdom of God or are you just filling in the gap? God wants true Christians who will not be ashamed to profess their religion and who are exceedingly ready to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through whatever means.
Mark showed how profitable he was then, which was why Paul insisted on having him for his ministry.
So why not you? Or do you think the gospel of those days of Apostle Paul is not the same as of today? I implore you to give your heart, your body and your readiness to work in God’s kingdom. Do not just be comfortable with your petty ways of being a Christian. You can do more for God. You can serve in your church, in your community, by telling others about Jesus Christ, by showing your testimony of what God is doing in your life to others and by announcing the gospel with any shame.
Please be profitable for the work of the Lord. Show yourself approve and worthy of being called a true Christian and not a hypocrite.
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