Trouble brews! Not tea! In church no less! Actually, on the mission field. Oh my, that’s not good. Why can’t God’s people act as such? Don’t ask me. I was steeped once in my own hot-water brewing brouhaha. Not exactly a quaint English High Tea either! Can be disillusioning. People heading for the exits, never to darken a church door again.
The truth is that Paul and Barnabas have at-each-other. All because John Mark abandons them on a previous missionary journey. Barnabas appeals for a second chance for his nephew. Paul won’t risk it, possibly feeling that John Mark needs to grow up, showing maturity before he heads out with the likes of them again. Acts 15:39–‘They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company’. Harsh words are spoken. They mean each one. Off they go…in opposite directions!
What surprises me is the author Luke’s lack of criticism. Saying that John Mark ‘deserted them’ certainly has an edge to it. But none for Paul or Barnabas. God’s people can and do disagree. Harsh words will fly. Put on God’s armor. Good can come out of these painful situations.
How? Be determined not to give up on what the Lord wants you to do. Disagreements come and go. Doors close. Others open. May have to rethink some plans. Pray for God’s directions.
Stop ‘ragging’ on each other. Cease criticizing. Move on, praying for those you’ve had a run-in with. Not easy…for me either. Is this not what the Lord expects of us? Whether I like it or not? Then, do it. Be the one who heads out on the high road.
Who knows how much the Lord will do through His people. Even when a big blowup occurs. Think about it. Time to let go, allowing the Lord to open up new opportunities to serve Him. Agreed? I say ‘Yes’! And ‘Amen’!
Prayer: Lord, we move on to do what you’ve called us to do. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.