36 After some days Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.’ 37 Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work. 39 The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40 But Paul chose Silas and set out, the believers] commending him to the grace of the Lord. 41 He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.
A couple of blokes had an argument and disagreed. Neither wanted to give in, so they went their separate ways. So far, so familiar. So, why are we still hearing about their argy-bargy after nearly two thousand years?
First of all, it’s a reminder that the first followers of Jesus were just ordinary people, caught up in an exciting new movement, but really not very different from us. They were not perfect, or particularly flawless individuals. That’s not why God was sending them out. But they were passionate about Jesus and his message!
It also opens possibilities for us. As they set out to tell others about their new found faith, so can we set out with confidence, telling others about Jesus, each of us in our own unique style!