Yesterday I was thinking through a familiar passage of Scripture. In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas have a sharp disagreement. According to recorded Scripture, they never speak to one another again. They never went on a another mission trip together. They never prayed together. Nothing is recorded of them together. Ever.
But look at these verses:
And Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. Acts 15:39a-41 (NASB)
God used ministry division for multiplication. If Paul and Barnabas had stayed together, the churches would have been strengthened half as quickly. They would have been doing the work together instead of building the Church apart. Two of the best people in the same cities instead of different cities. Two of the best people together instead of training future church leaders.
God used Paul and Barnabas’ ministry division for multiplication.
None of us want to walk through divisive situations, but I have to believe that at times God uses those situations to further His Kingdom in a way that never gets realized in the moment.
If you are walking through a tough time, consider how God may be using it for the greater good of His Kingdom – even if it’s hard to see that now.