Saturday, April 25, 2020
(St. Mark’s Day)
DON’T SACRIFICE THE GOSPEL!
Paul and Barnabas needed to visit and strengthen the established churches. This is worthy of emulation because some Christian gatherings donot give much time to disciple new converts;such converts remain spiritual babies and prey to false doctrines.Barnabas wanted John Mark, who had deserted them in Pamphylia, but who had repented later of his bad behaviour, to join, but Paul refused. Note that this disagreement between Paul and Barnabas did not stop the spreading of the gospel. Paul took Silas while Barnabas went with John Mark. Unfortunately today, some persons sacrifice the gospel on the platter of ethnicity, unforgiveness, denomination, politics and disagreements. They forget that there will always be those like legalistic Paul who expect excellence and zeal at all times and others, patient like Barnabas, who are gifted in re-moulding battered and weak ones.
Let us ensure to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace in spite of differences in methods, man power or facilities. Continue to propagate the gospel, disciple new converts and consolidate new grounds for the Lord. The work of Barnabas turned John Mark into a veritable tool for the ministry of Apostle Paul (2 Tim.4:11). Nurture the weak brother;he might become a spiritual giant for the gospel in future.
Prayer:Lord, help me to work earnestly for the furtherance of the gospel of Christ.