Please note two things in this decision. First, Antioch did not try to retain these men for themselves. I am certain there was strong attachment after one year of teaching and experiencing Christ being formed in them. This was a time of amazing spiritual growth and strengthening. Yet, Antioch was willing to release their best for the simple task of helping brothers in need. Second, Barnabas and Saul did not fear that leaving would cause these Antioch disciples to fail. They were totally confident in the Holy Spirit work in them.
In the next blog, we will see another page in the divine plan for this trip to Jerusalem. But before you leave today’s posting, ask if you and your church have confidence in the work of the Holy Spirit in new believers? If you have a feeling of fear that failure will take place if you leave and God sends you somewhere else, then you should examine how effective your teaching is.