“Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11).
Here was a young man that the Apostle Paul recognised as being “profitable.” There are many young men and women who have, in self-sacrifice, given up their jobs and homes, and are serving the Lord full-time, either locally or on the foreign mission field. However, that is not the question here. The point is that every one of you who knows the Lord Jesus as Savior should be, and indeed can be, “profitable” to Him and in His work. Satan will try to bring other things into your lives so that you are not useful to the Lord. Ask the Lord sincerely in prayer to show you how you can serve Him today. It is not a question of where you are or what other daily responsibilities you may have, it is a question of being ready and willing to serve the Lord when and where He has put you. And also of judging and confessing those things that hinder our profitability.
We often speak of activities that are either profitable or unprofitable, but the question really is, “Are you profitable?”