In life, some of us need a mentor to guide our steps and to be our advocates. Some learn slowly. we learn lessons the hard way. Others are stubborn and mess up easily.
Mark in the bible messed up too. He had gone with Paul and Barnabas on a missionary journey, but along the way, he had given up and deserted them. Paul thought it would be unwise to take him on another journey. But Barnabas was willing to mentor Mark. Barnabas advocated for giving him another chance.
Paul and Barnabas had such a sharp disagreement over this that they parted ways. Paul left with Silas, and Barnabas left with Mark. Even so, God continued to work through them to take the gospel to different places.
Today we learn that Mark in the New Testament benefited from being given another chance, and so did others. We see later that Paul also reconciled with Mark, saying to Timothy, “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry” In addition, the Spirit of God led Mark to write an account of Jesus’ life and ministry. We know it as the gospel of Mark. Who in your life needs forgiveness and another chance? For whom could you be an advocate today? Let’s offer grace and give others a second chance.
They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus… — Acts 15:39
Let’s Pray Yahweh, thank you for a second chance. Father, sometimes it is hard to forgive. Please help us to remember how we have been forgiven and help us to extend your grace to others. In the name of Christ, our forgiver. Amen.