Learning from Parting-A John Mark Moment

It was in the Christian cradle of Antioch
That God assigned Paul and Barnabas
For the work they had to do was much
The two man mission was blessed by the Church
The field was fruitful for they were in God’s will
Preaching with zeal and souls were healed
With helpers like John Mark and Silas
Who were ordained to serve the cause
Yet this great missionary union would pause
John Mark soon left for a breather
While Paul and Barnabas went on working
John’s remorseful return got them talking
Paul would never work with a man
Whose flame burned with fluctuating zeal
Would he not depart again for trifling gain?
Barnabas was more forgiving and insisted
That with them John Mark was leaving
He must be part of the mission was his submission
This caused a great altercation and dissension
Neither man would yield to the other’s will
They parted-separated by their opinions
About the suitability of John Mark
Barnabas was right-John never again
Abandoned the fight for fright or right
The years proved his constancy as a warrior
Many years later as Paul lay facing execution
He invited the runaway helper to assist him
He was now useful in the Gospel’s propagation
Have you had a John Mark moment?
Has a trifling issue divided a God-given union?
If you have lost Barnabas because of John Mark
It may be impossible to restart the mission
Yet be like Paul who never condemned
Barnabas for his choice in the matter
And acknowledged the truth much later