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When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper. (Acts 13:5)

Expanded Passage: Acts 13:5

I once had a chance to walk into a distribution center for Amazon. All of us have probably seen it on television, how the assembly line and computers work in conjunction with real people to get us our packages in a timely manner. However, what one person showed me while I was there doesn’t usually show up on commercials or news reports. They took me to see rooms where people were being trained and equipped to handle the machines and technology, as well as how to relate to the people they were serving behind the computer screens and devices. Once they completed their training, they were sent out to other distribution centers. It seemed that the success of Amazon, and organizations like it, hinge on how they equip people to serve people.

In this text, after they fasted and prayed, the Holy Spirit revealed to Paul and Barnabas where to go. But note that they also had John Mark with them. They were serving and equipping at the same time. I often hear debates on whether a church or a Christian should focus on evangelism or discipleship. The reality is they are two sides of the same coin. Good evangelism is linked to discipleship, and vice versa. Where are you being equipped to go and serve, and who are you taking along with you so they can learn as you go?

Take seriously the nudge to go—and take someone with you.

Santes Beatty is a husband and father who loves traveling, writing, cooking, and equipping leaders. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church and serves with parachurch organizations.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.