Scripture Reading:
Acts 12:12; 13:13; 15:36-38

“Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him) ”(Col. 4:10)
the importance of barnabas for the lord’s work in the new testament

Paul’s first journey with Barnabas was marked by difficulties, which the young John Mark, who had also come along, was unable to handle, thus returning to Jerusalem long before the trip was over (Acts 13:13).

John Mark was the son of a sister named Mary from the city of Jerusalem. When Peter was arrested, the saints were gathered at her house, praying for him (Acts 12:12). Due to the persecution in Jerusalem, the saints who remained in the city met in their own homes. After John Mark prematurely returned from the trip with Paul and Barnabas, Mary certainly encouraged him not to give up, as she wanted him to serve the Lord. Like Mary, parents need to encourage their children to participate in activities promoted by the churches, so that they can have new experiences with the Lord.

When it was time for Barnabas and Paul to revisit the churches, Paul refused to allow John Mark to come along (Acts 15:36-38). Paul’s stance resulted in a sharp disagreement with Barnabas, and the two parted from one another (v. 39). Barnabas took John Mark and went to Cyprus, and Paul chose Silas and went to Syria and Cilicia.

That is the last record of Barnabas in the New Testament. For quite some time, we believed Barnabas’ subsequent disappearance from the biblical record to be the result of his grave mistake: of leaving Paul.

Nowadays, however, we can see that this is not quite the reason. Yes, the Bible indeed does not mention Barnabas’ name after his disagreement with Paul; however, this does not necessarily mean that he made a mistake in trying to bring John Mark.

In the Lord’s work, we must all be like Barnabas, helping others regardless of any recognition or mentioning. The most important thing is that the Lord gets what He is after. The fact that the Lord has been blessing us these days is an indication that there are many “Barnabases” among us, caring for others behind the scenes.

Although Barnabas is no longer mentioned after Acts 15, Mark eventually goes on to serve with Peter in his latter ministry. In other words, Barnabas’ work eventually bore good fruit. Mark, who was supported by the unwavering help of Barnabas, eventually become useful to both Paul and Peter. Despite having previously rejected Mark, Paul eventually acknowledges him as a coworker in Colossians 4:10. It is important that we acknowledge and learn from the role Barnabas plays here.

Key Point:
Always having the desire to help others.
What was the result of Barnabas’ decision to keep caring for John Mark?