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“She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.”



and so does Mark

Things went along quite well, but before long, John Mark deserted the team.

“Now when Paul and his party set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia; and John, departing from them, returned to Jerusalem” (Acts 13:13).

John Mark went home. Some would say that he was a mama’s boy–that he found the work of God getting difficult and quit when the ministry got tough.

The Holy Spirit called Barnabas and Paul (Acts 13:2). He said nothing about Mark. Who invited Mark? His uncle. Many people go into ministry because some people asked them to do it. “My mother always wanted me in ministry, they say.” Yet these people often do not last in Christian work because they have not sought the will of God.

So, John Mark went home. The gospel team continued their ministry without John. Again, in today’s terms, they drove their car and did their own organizing.


God must lead us into ministry, not people.


If God does not lead you into ministry, you will become cynical, critical, pessimistic, and bitter. By the same token, if God does lead you into ministry, you will have a great love for people, including your detractors. And you will understand that your critics keep you from pride.

If we allow people to put pressure on us to go into the ministry, we make a big mistake. We must make sure that it is God who leads us, not other people.

(The life of Mark — to be continued)