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.
“Mark, THE DESERTER.”
Have you ever felt like the goat? The object of ridicule? You’ve let some people down, and it has soured their opinion of you. You’ve lost the trust of some very important people. That can be a devastating blow. And now you feel like you’ve been branded for life.
Such was the case of John Mark. He was a quitter and many speculate he was faint of heart. He put his hand to the plow, and turned back!
John Mark? Ha! He’s a deserter.
His uncle Barnabas chose to let water pass under the bridge, but the Apostle Paul had lost his trust in the young man of promise. And it’s as though his opportunities dried up and the phone quit ringing. Because Luke, in the book of Acts, doesn’t bother to mention his name ever again.
Mark could have crumbled and quit. He could’ve developed a complex and lived out the rest of his days in bitter remorse.
Maybe that’s how you feel your story may end. People have drawn back from you and pulled away. You may as well throw in the towel. But if God kept writing John Mark’s story He could very well continue to write yours!
Mark didn’t lie down or give up — he kept. moving. forward.
- Shortly there after, Mark sits down with the Apostle Peter and pens the Gospel according to Mark.
- Then tradition tells us that Mark goes on to take Christianity to the continent of Africa.
- Nearly 20 years after his season of faintheartedness, this saint courageously dies as a martyr in the streets of Alexandria.
“Mark, the Deserter” has been remembered today as “Mark, THE EVANGELIST.”
Just because people may give up on you, and you may even question yourself… remember, the full story has yet to be written. God has not put down the pen. He is still writing your story!