How easy it is to write people off who fail to live up to our expectations:
John Mark, a youthful recruit of Paul and Barnabas, walked out on the team in the middle of a missionary journey. A “deserter.” (Act. 12:25; 13:13).
Three years later Paul and Barnabas sharply disagree over this quitter…this “deserter.” Barnabas wants to take him on yet another missionary journey, and Paul adamantly says no. (Act. 15:37 – 39)
John Mark: The quitter. The deserter. The cause of sharp dissension among Christian leaders. A looser.
- Years after John Mark’s failure, Paul writes from a prison cell asking Timothy to “Pick up Mark and bring him with you for he is useful to me.” (II Tim. 4:11)
John Mark, the “deserter” had become “useful” to hard-nosed Paul.
- Of John Mark, F. F. Bruce writes:
He “was to play an important part in Christian history over the next 30 years“+:
– Acted as Peter’s interpreter in Rome
– Reproduced Peter’s preaching in the Gospel of Mar
– Founded the church in Alexandria, Egypt
– Probably served as Dr. Luke’s informant in the early accounts of Acts
Tough-minded Paul wrote John Mark off as a deserter…a looser.
Battle “softened” Barnabas believed in John Mark and reinstated him to the cause.
And John Mark rose to become a significant force in the founding of the early church!
So…NEVER GIVE UP ON ANOTHER PERSON! Only God knows what they may become!
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