I Corinthians 9:24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
John Mark was the helper to Paul and Barnabas as they were traveling and preaching. Then, John decided to leave Paul and Barnabas and return to Jerusalem. So, John quit! He decided to turn into a “rest area”. Are you at a rest area in your life? Have you decided you’ve gone far enough for the Lord? Do you realize that you are in a race for the Lord? You need to keep going for Him!
Satan will do his best to tell you that you are worthless and you shouldn’t go any further, but don’t let him deceive you. Satan doesn’t care about you, he just wants to mess up your life. He wants to see you stay put in the “rest area”. Young person, do not give in. You are worth so much more for the Lord! You may have made mistakes in your life and you don’t think that you can be used by God any more, but God can still use you!
You may need to ask the Lord to forgive you and then don’t do that sin again. How can you get out of your rest area? You must determine to live your life for the Lord! If that temptation comes again, keep reading your Bible, ask God to help you overcome it, and go to Church. Remember, the only loser is the person who quits. Don’t quit on God! God loves you and wants what is best for your life. Let Him guide and direct you! Get out of the rest area and run the race He has set before you!