Acts 15:39-40 ” They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.”

Paul and Barnabas were really close friends and partners in the Gospel.  Barnabas had been instrumental in bringing the newly converted Saul to introduce  him to the Apostles in Jerusalem.  And later, the pair were commissioned by the Church in Antioch to go out on their first missionary journey together.  Here, they were making ready for their second missionary journey, when Barnabas insisted on taking his nephew Mark along again.  But Paul rejected the idea, annoyed that Mark had deserted them half way through the first trip.  And so they went their separate ways.  Now on the surface, we see discord and disunity between Paul and Barnabas…but by parting company, the Gospel was spread much wider by more people.  Sometimes we become very comfortable in the little group we’re part of…and God has to stir up the nest to move us out…in order that His work gets done.

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