Presenting ...

Net Profits - Dwight Hill

... a weekly letter of encouragement.


Singapore

December 12, 1994

Good Morning!

NEVER GIVE UP ON ANOTHER PERSON!

How easy it is to write people off who fail to live up to our expectations:

John Mark, a youthful recruit of Paul and Barnabas, walked out on the team in the middle of a missionary journey. A "deserter." (Acts 12:25; 13:13).

Three years later Paul and Barnabas sharply disagree over this quitter...this "deserter." Barnabas wants to take him on yet another missionary journey, and Paul adamantly says no. (Acts 15:37 - 39)

John Mark: The quitter. The deserter. The cause of sharp dissension among Christian leaders. A looser.

NOT QUITE:

Years after John Mark's failure, Paul writes from a prison cell asking Timothy to "Pick up Mark and bring him with you for he is useful to me." (II Timothy 4:11)

John Mark, the "deserter" had become "useful" to hard-nosed Paul.

Of John Mark, F. F. Bruce writes:

He "was to play an important part in Christian history OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS"+:

- Acted as Peter's interpreter in Rome

- Reproduced Peter's preaching in the Gospel of Mark

- Founded the church in Alexandria, Egypt

- Probably served as Dr. Luke's informant in the early accounts of Acts

Tough-minded Paul wrote John Mark off as a deserter...a looser.

Battle "softened" Barnabas believed in John Mark and reinstated him to the cause.

AND JOHN MARK ROSE TO BECOME A SIGNIFICANT FORCE IN THE FOUNDING OF THE EARLY CHURCH!

So...NEVER GIVE UP ON ANOTHER PERSON! Only God knows what they may become!

Have a great week!

Dwight Hill

+ "The Book of Acts" - F. F. Bruce, Page 251


Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.



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