No I don’t think so!

No, I don’t think so!

Acts 15:38

but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.

Barnabas wanted to take John Mark his cousin on the trip back to see all the believers that they had been with previously. Paul didn’t think it wise because John Mark had left them for he saw it as a desertion from ministry.

Many have speculated as to who was right and who was wrong. You may even have a view yourself.

Is Luke indicating who he thought may have been right by simply saying Barnabas wanted but Paul didn’t think it wise? Why not say but Paul didn’t want to because of the desertion? Why say Paul didn’t think it wise?

I am not sure to be honest. I wouldn’t want to call it. One of those questions we will ask them personally one day!

The main thing is this. Even the closest of friends have different opinions at times.

What are you going to do when the ‘but’ strikes in your friendship or in your ministry team?

A little while ago I sat between 2 leaders who were experiencing a ‘but’ in their relationship. They had been together for over a decade and on that day their relationship boiled down to a simple ‘but’. I will tell you tomorrow what happened.

So what can we learn from this verse today?

  1. Godly leaders differ in their views but they remain God’s leaders.
  2. Life is made up of decisions and not one of us has the sole authority and wisdom from God. We are not God.
  3. Some leaders focus solely on the best in people and others focus more on the best for the ministry. We need both.
  4. God is not in a crisis when His children differ, in fact it would seem He already knew and had a written plan.
  5. Therefore it would appear that sometimes we need to differ.

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