A mother did not know anything about football but she did know and love her son and was proud of everything he did. She was thrilled when he made the college football team.
When telling her neighbor about his accomplishment she was asked, “What position does he play?”
“I think he said he was a pullback,” she answered.
Many times we Christians become “pullbacks.” Instead of witnessing, we remain silent. Rather than giving, we focus on getting. When we can offer help we sometimes let people hurt. There are times when we bring others down when we could build them up. We frequently ignore others when we could become involved in assisting them in difficult times.
Scripture reminds us of several who, at one time or another, became “pullbacks.” One was named Mark. But when he realized that God had something special for him to do, he changed his ways and began serving his Lord. Paul recognized the difference and called him “profitable.” The choice is ours. We can “pullback” or push forward in our service to the Lord and be “profitable” for God.
Prayer: Help me Lord, to seize every opportunity You send my way to be of service in reaching others with Your message. May I always be ready to seek and to serve those who need Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: 2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. (NIV)