Friday, December 8th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 60)
Paul said to Barnabas, 'Let's go back and visit each city where we previously preached the Word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.' Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work. Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated.
Acts 15:36-39 (NLT)
Mark was a deserter, who left the field when God's team faced heavy opposition.
Mark was the son of a wealthy mother, who hosted the early church in her home.
Mark was a dear cousin of Barnabas, who was Paul's great traveling companion.
Mark was the cause of a bitter breakup, when these two faith heroes split over him.
Mark is the writer of Book of Mark, which is the second action-packed Gospel.
Surely, Mark matured into a hero. His words have inspired countless followers. Because he repented his wayward move, and God welcomes all repentant children. Mark shows us that unfaithful deserters can grow to fill heroic destinies.
To Be Continued...
* Short article: Who was John Mark in the Bible? https://www.gotquestions.org/John-Mark-in-the-Bible.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.