FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 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. They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus,
Acts 15:36-39 (CSB)
BARNABAS: SECOND CHANCES
Someone gave the great analogy of the Carpenter’s tools that held a conference with Brother Hammer presiding over the conference. During the conference several suggested that he leave the meeting because he was way too loud. Bro. Hammer replied, “If I have to leave the shop, Brother Screw must go also. You have to turn him around and around again and again to get him to accomplish anything.” Bro. Screw spoke up, “If you wish, I’ll leave, but Bro. Plane must leave too. All his work is on the surface and his efforts have no depth at all.” Bro. Plane retorted, “Bro. Rule will also have to withdraw, for he is always measuring folks as though he were the only one who is right.” Then Bro. Rule complained about Bro. Sandpaper. He said, “You ought to leave too because you are so rough and always rubbing people the wrong way.”
Then in the midst of the conference the Carpenter from Nazareth walked in and started to work. He put His apron on and went to the work bench to construct a pulpit from which to proclaim the Gospel. He used the hammer, screw, plane, rule, sandpaper, and all the other tools. After the day’s work when the pulpit was finished, Bro. Saw rose and remarked, “Brethren, I observe that all of us are workers together with the Lord.”
In Acts 15:36, at the start of Paul’s missionary journey, they weren’t working well together. Barnabas wanted to take John Mark who had deserted Paul on the first missionary journey. Paul didn’t want to take John Mark. But Barnabas was determined to take John and give him a second chance.
All believer’s need people who will encourage them and show them grace after they have failed. Who has been there to encourage you after times of failure? Who have you encouraged and given a second chance after they have failed?
Thank God for the many times He has forgiven you. Thank God for the people who have walked with you when you needed a second chance.