FRIDAY, MARCH 25
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.
Acts 15:39B-41 (NLT)
WHEN BROTHERS DISAGREE: MARCH ON!
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Walt also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest basketball player of all time, did not make his high school basketball team his sophomore year. Beethoven’s teacher called him hopeless as a composer. Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He did not become Prime Minister until he was 62. His greatest contributions came when he was a “senior citizen.” Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally through persistence succeeded. (Source Unknown).
Church history is filled with stories of fights and failures. However, God’s gospel continues to spread, and we continue to march on. Even though Paul and Barnabas disagreed in Acts 15, they kept moving forward with the mission God had given them. They didn’t let their personal disagreement discourage them.
Many of us have seen the ugly side of church fights and ministry. Churches are imperfect because we are imperfect. The good news is Jesus came to die for imperfect people. Have you let imperfect churches keep you from fully pursuing God’s desire to use you?
Praise God that your failures have not been final. Ask God to keep our church from anything that would distract us from our mission of making His Name known in our community.