Acts 15:36-40 NIVUK
36 Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.’ 37 Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, 38 but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work. 39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.
Sometimes we have a tendency to glamorise the Early Church, not surprising considering some of the stories we’ve read recently. Today’s episode is a reminder, however, that they were people just like us. It warns us of the need for us to guard our relationships constantly; just because we’re doing God’s work doesn’t mean we’re immune to falling out.
Jesus prayed that we might be one just as you and he are one. May we see this prayer answered in our lives through the help of your Spirit!