“No Further Mention” by Kirk Hunt
And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
Acts 9:39 KJV
This verse is the last mention of Barnabas in the Book of Acts. In separation. With broken fellowship.
We forget that we live and work with human beings. Even the saints filled with the Holy Spirit. Stuff will happen. Sometimes ugly, messy stuff.
Still, there can be more to the story. It may take weeks, or months, or years. There may have to be acts of serious remedial brotherhood.
Galatians 2 makes full mention of Barnabas. In fellowship. In unity. Even, in disagreement again.
Gospel family is a lot like actual family. There are episodes of fussing and fighting. There are chapters of reconciliation and reunion. “Fall out if you must, but don’t forget to fall back in.”
There is no further mention of Barnabas in Acts, but his story (and Paul’s) didn’t end there. Maybe there’s a chapter in your life with an awkward ending. How do you want the story to end?
The story can have a happy ending. Maybe there’s a brother or sister you need to call. I pray you will take their call, when it comes. Either way, let God continue to write the script of your life.
Think: How do you want your story of Gospel fellowship to end?
Pray: “Lord, help me to be the Gospel brother or sister who heals.”
Copyright © October 2009, Kirk Hunt