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Topic: Acts 15:38, 39
S. Acts 15:38, 39
But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one (who was Mark, and in Greek means "Defense" which means 'justification') who had departed from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work/toil. Then the contention became so sharp that they parted/seperated from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus.
O. Paul and Barnabas got into a tift over taking Mark with them to visit the cities that they had already preached the Good News in. Paul insisted that Mark had left them in the middle of the 'work' and so he didn't deserve to go with them. Barnabas insisted that Mark should come anyway. In anger, they parted. They had a difference of oppinion on who DESERVED to be part of the reaping of this ministry.
A.When any of us pause to think about it, NONE of us deserve to work for God. We can not do anything that would be worthy of Him on our own; no amount of working/labor can get us closer to God. But we have been JUSTIFIED through Jesus! This means that Jesus is our DEFENSE and HE is our JUSTIFICATION! All we need to do is TRUST in Jesus, because He's ALWAYS doing HIS job! WE rest in HIS works! This is where the seperation comes in. We are to SEPERATE works from grace. God's grace is SUFFICENT for us!
P.Father, You made it so easy for me to follow You! And yet as a human I try to make it into work. But You have told me to 'rest' because it's all been done through Jesus! And so, Father, I pray for rest and trust in You...COMPLETELY! Teach me how to rest in You with complete trust. Seperate WORK and FAITH in my life, Father.