“Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem, but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down.” (Acts 13:13–14).
Is God’s call and direction for your ministry so clear that even if others leave you and go a different direction, you will continue in God’s calling? Your answer to this question will determine:
1. To what degree God’s glory, will and purpose is first in your life (1 Cor. 10:31)?
2. To what degree you are seeking to please men or God (Gal. 1:10)? Take note of Paul’s strong word’s that if we are “trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
3. To what degree do you trust the Holy Spirit to work God’s will in others even when you are not with them (Acts 20:32)?
Remember that Paul and John Mark are restored to each other after some time elapsed (2 Tim. 4:11). Missions are most effective when we follow God’s call for ourselves no matter what others may do. Make sure you ground every decision on biblical principles and then what others do will not alter your course.
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