Apostle Grace Lubega
Acts 15:36-38(KJV); And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
There are Christians who abandon the field of duty because they cannot take the pressures of ministry.
John Mark was one such Christian. The Bible says in Acts 13:13, “Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.”
When Barnabas, in our theme scripture, desired to take him along on their next missionary journey, Paul strongly refused.
The contention between Barnabas and Paul on this issue was extremely great, it split the pair(Acts 15:39).
What was Barnabas’ point? Paul needed to be patient with John Mark in the same manner that he was patient with him when nobody believed him.
Paul learnt this lesson much later in life. In 2 Timothy 4:11, he says, “Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.”
In ministry, you must continuously be patient with people. Everyone is a work in progress. Do not write off John Mark simply because he abandoned you in the middle of a mission. Believe in people, you will be amazed by what God will achieve in their lives if you only exercise some patience.
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 13:13, 2 Timothy 4:11
GOLDEN NUGGET: In ministry, you must continuously be patient with people. Everyone is a work in progress.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. Thank You for the people You bring into my life. Your Spirit is at work in me to exercise patience towards all those I must impact. May it never be heard that I wrote off a man, that I disqualified those You were still in the process of qualifying, in Jesus’ name, Amen.