Apostle Grace Lubega
Acts 15:37-39 (KJV) And Barnabas determined to take with them John whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia and went not with them to the work. And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other and so Barnabas took Mark and sailed unto Cyprus.
The contention between Paul and Barnabas arose because of John Mark who while they were on the mission field deserted them.
When Barnabas suggested that they take him with them on a subsequent mission, Paul was adamant.
Paul was trying to get us to understand that there are people who had been beaten for this gospel; reviled for it; they had spent and been spent for it yet here was John Mark, who woke up one morning and decided to leave.
I have seen many “John Marks” in this gospel. These are people who suddenly decide that they cannot continue with their course for one reason or the other and simply walk away.
But when a man truly loves God, he will seek to finish his course. When a man does not know the price of the gospel, he can easily betray the ministry and in betraying the ministry, he betrays God.
Walking away means that thousands of lives can be affected. Because the degree of the gift upon your life equals to the number of people you are going to save by God.
Men who understand the cost of the gospel can never walk away from it.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 Corinthians 12:15, 2 Corinthians 6:3-5
GOLDEN NUGGET: Men who understand the cost of the gospel can never walk away from it.
PRAYER: Father, I know that there are men who have paid a heavy price for this gospel. They lost family; they were burnt at stakes; they lived as men of whom the world was not worthy for the sake of the gospel. Even in their sacrifice, they laid ancient land marks and left a pattern for me to follow. I understand the price of this gospel. Like the necessity you placed on Paul’s heart, that burden has mantled me and causes me to do things some call foolishness but eternity reads them as the price we must pay for souls. I thank you because you have availed the grace for me to endure through all things for the sake of the kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.