Scripture Reading:
Acts 15:1-11; Col. 4:10; 2 Tim. 4:11; 1 Pet. 5:13

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods”(Matt. 24:45-47)
john mark – the fruit of barnabas’ hidden labor

We learned yesterday that, while Barnabas’ name is no longer brought up after leaving Paul, the young John Mark is eventually mentioned in one of Paul’s writings (Col. 4:10), as someone useful in his ministry (2 Tim. 4:11).

In the end, Mark reappears in Peter’s first epistle (1 Pet. 5:13), as his helper. Peter regarded him as a son, and it was based on his narrative that Mark eventually wrote his gospel. For this reason, a number of people say that the gospel of Mark is, in fact, the gospel of Peter. Since there were no cars or airplanes at that time, the young John Mark may have had the help of his cousin, Barnabas, to reach Peter in Babylon (Acts 15:1-11). Praise the Lord!

Based on these verses, we can say that John Mark was the fruit of Barnabas’ hidden labor. His patience and persistence produced a young man useful for the Lord. Like Barnabas, we must take care of others, even if it means doing so in a hidden way. This way, our service will be perfected and it will bear much fruit. Jesus is Lord!

Key Point:
Taking care of people, even if it means doing so in a hidden way.
Why can we say that John Mark became someone useful in the Lord’s work?