Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.
Mark had a weak start; as the nephew of Barnabas, he went on a missionary journey with his uncle and Paul. We do not know what happened, but Mark changed his mind and wanted to go home for some reason.
“Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:11)
When Paul and Barnabas went on their next missionary journey, Barnabas suggested taking Mark with them, and Paul was opposed to it, and he did not want to take him along because of what happened on the previous trip.
Eventually, Mark was able to repair his relationship with Paul because, in today’s Bible verse, Paul wrote, “Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.”
Add to this the fact that Mark was very close to Peter because Peter referred to him as his son, and Mark ended up writing the Gospel of Mark in the Bible.
“She who is in Babylon, elect together with you, greets you; and so does Mark my son.” (1 Peter 5:13)
Many believe that the gospel of Mark was dictated by Peter, meaning that it is effectively the gospel according to Peter. Yet, at the same time, Mark witnessed the ministry of Jesus.
And when an angel delivered Peter from prison, the Bible tells us that Peter showed up at Mark’s house, where he lived with his mother, Mary.
“So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying.” (Acts 12:12)
Mark was at the epicenter of many incredibly significant Biblical events. Yes, he had a huge setback at one point, but he made a recommitment and ended up as a bona fide Gospel writer.
Maybe you had a setback in life. Perhaps you have done something you regret, did not keep a commitment you made, or had a lapse of faith.
Your setback can turn out to be your path forward which can become your testimony.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for Your forgiveness and Your grace. I know the only perfection in life is in You, and when I make a bad choice, I go to you for forgiveness. You alone can take my setbacks and turn them into a testimony of Your divine grace. All praise goes to You, my Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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