Weak and Strong

Tim Beals

READ : Acts 15:36-41

Mark is useful in my ministry. (2 Timothy 4:11)

It’s not hard to be forgetful or careless or clumsy. Most of us can do it with our eyes open. Everyone knows that stuff happens. But messing up never has to be the end of the world.

Paul’s associate John Mark also failed to come through (see Acts 13:13). His motto could have been: “When the going gets tough, the weak take off!” He deserted Paul and Barnabas shortly after starting out with them on their first world missionary tour.

John Mark may have failed the first time, but he was willing to try again. Later he went with Barnabas to Cyprus and became a valuable assistant to him and to the work. And Paul became so convinced of his value that when he was in a dungeon in Rome, he wrote Timothy, “Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry.”

Failure is never final. The Bible makes it clear that heaven will be full of people like us – jars of clay (2 Corinthians 4:7). So if you are festering over a failure – whether it’s a bad financial decision or a misunderstanding with a good friend – don’t give up now. Call on Jesus for help. You may be down, but you’re not out, unless you give in to defeat.


Give us the grace and strength to try again.