Saturday, 21 March 2015

Seeing the gold or seeing the cracks

Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Galatians 4:19 NLT

There is a story in the New Testament about a man called John Mark. This young fellow not only divided opinion, but he also divided an effective apostolic partnership when Paul and Barnabas fell out over whether or not to take him on their next mission trip. Paul had felt let down by John Mark when he failed to complete the previous journey with them, and clearly felt that he didn't have what it took to make it in the ministry. Barnabas strongly disagreed with Paul and refused to write the young man off because of his previous failure, and so the two co-workers parted company and went their separate ways (Acts 15:40). It is so good to read later that Paul had changed his mind and specifically sent for the same young man who he had come to consider "useful to him" (2 Timothy 4:11).