The Story of Mark ...
The Bible gives us great models of godly people investing in others, from Moses and Joshua in the Old Testament to Paul and Timothy in the New Testament. An example that’s captured our attention is that of Barnabas and his cousin Mark.
You remember Mark, called John Mark in his earliest days. As a child the church met in his home. When he was older he joined Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey. But because he turned back, Paul called him a “deserter” and refused when Barnabas wanted Mark to join them on the follow-up journey.
The story doesn’t end there. As Paul and Silas went one way, Barnabas and Mark went the other, which proved an excellent opportunity for the two to develop their protégés. Paul’s final word on Mark was an affirming one: “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11). Mark went on to help the apostle Peter record his memories and teachings in Mark’s Gospel.
That’s where we get our name, Make a Mark Ministries. There are “Marks” all around us —in our families and communities, where we work and worship. In the spirit of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), God uses men and women like us to “make a mark” and have a spiritual influence on their lives for eternity’s sake!
As Paul explained to his protégé Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2). That’s a mandate for us today: To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and build generations of disciple-makers until He returns!
See Acts 12:12,25; 13:13; 15:36-39; 2 Timothy 4:11; and the Gospel of Mark.