Sometimes your name is in the middle of strife, and people try to limit your future because of your past. Sometimes those most graced, can’t see your value. Let’s look at Scripture pertaining to the writer of the second Gospel…Mark.
Acts 15:36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” 37 Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. 41 And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. (ESV)
Apostle Paul and Apostle Barnabas were talking about visiting the churches they had planted. Bananas wanted to take John Mark, but Paul was adamant that John Mark was not to go with them. The argument was so strong between Paul and Barnabas that the two of them went there separate ways.
Barnabas and John Mark kept it moving, and eventually John Mark wrote the Gospel of Mark. What would have happened to Mark if he would has been discouraged by by Paul’s commentary. Thank God for Barnabas believing in John Mark.
My friend, know three things:
1. Your past is behind you.
2. God has a Barnabas to stand for you.
3. There is a book (destiny) to be written by you.