Friday, January 28, 2011

Second Chances

Have you ever written anybody off?  You just decided someone was too high maintenance, or too much trouble to take up any more of your time and energy.  So did Paul with respect to John Mark.

Acts 15:37-39
37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,

But as the years went by, something evidently changed Paul's mind because they are together again.  

Philemon 1:23-24
 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.

So what happened?  We don't know.  Was the separation justified?  We don't know.  Was Paul too harsh with Mark?  We don't know.  What caused them to reconnect?  We don't know.  But what we can say is that a rift that caused the separation of these two was somehow repaired, and the work of the Kingdom of God moved forward.  May the restoration of oneness that these two experienced be a reminder to those of us in the present day church that people are worth the effort it may take to offer them second chances.

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