Acts 15:36-41..36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. 38 But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
The disagreement between Paul and Barnabas was sharp and demonstrates how conflict can be resolved to the glory of God. They reconciled their differences by going separate ways thus doubling the missionary work force. Paul took Silas and Barnabas took Mark. Barnabas may have been the most effective disciple-maker in history because he receives credit for Paul and Mark’s line of disciples. For Barnabas the disciple-maker click here.
Barnabas saw something in Mark that God could use to further His Kingdom. About 12 years later Mark was the writer of the Gospel, Mark. A Even Paul came to realize Mark was an asset to the Kingdom. Paul mentioned John Mark in the closing of the Colossian letter and instructed the Colossian believers “if he comes to you, welcome him” [Colossians 4:10] In Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy he requested that Timothy bring Mark to visit him in prison, “for he is useful to me for service ” [2 Timothy 4:11]. In Philemon 23-24, Paul described Mark as “my fellow worker”. Paul mentioned himself and Barnabas as missionary partners in 1 Corinthians 9:6. This was written 6 years after the parting of ways for the 2nd missionary journeys.
Being faithful to God’s purpose in our lives will play a role in our decision-making processes and our personal growth.
Notes: A- For dates of New Testament books written click here
Henry Luke 1/4/2018
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