Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them. (Acts 15:37)
Going into the world is always easier when you feel trained and prepared. I remember trying to jump into ministry before I had training or any experience. I thought my love for Jesus would be more than enough. What’s more, I did not have a mentor to walk alongside me as I started. I began to feel overwhelmed and unqualified. I sought out a ministry mentor and started taking ministry courses. The mentor allowed me to observe her doing ministry. She allowed me to assist her. She slowly allowed me take on leadership roles underneath her until I was eventually ready to go and do it on my own.
Barnabas wanted to allow Mark to travel with them as an assistant. It would be an opportunity for him to gain additional experience sharing the gospel with the lost. It would be an opportunity for him to share the gospel and his story. Scripture does not tell us whether John Mark was newly discipled or not, but it does make it clear that his position was as an assistant.
Oftentimes new disciples run into teaching and training others right after they accept Christ. They are excited about the transformation Jesus has done in them and can’t wait to share it with others. However, we must be wise in our attempts to spread the gospel and trust seasons of learning.
Seek out a mentor to disciple and prepare you.
Tara Klein is a Wesley Seminary graduate who enjoys relaxing with her family, serving others, and sharing God’s unconditional love with the lost and brokenhearted.
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