Goodbye Barnabas

Some people want relationships on their terms with their attitudes, and their agendas… but what if those things are an enemy to your purpose? You my friend are in a Paul and Barnabas situation.

Acts 15:36 – 39 NLT

After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.”37 Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark.38 But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work.39 Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus.

They both agreed to go to the same destination; however, they didn’t agree how they would arrive at that destination. There will be people who are like-minded on the destination, but aren’t like-minded on how to arrive to that destination and the disagreement to arrive can be so strong that you may have to separate.  We often speak on equally yoked from a believer’s standpoint. Paul and Barnabas both believed in the same God, the same doctrine and the same end goal… but their process on how to arrive was different. You have to understand that what you do in the process is just as important, as where you’re going. The who, how and when in the process can determine the alignment of people in your purpose. So, don’t just think about the end goal, but the process to get to the goal because getting to the destination is just as valuable as the destination itself.