This means that it is to be expected that many of us will size up a situation differently. This does not mean that truth is relative, but that we must have a humble realization that our own perspective never includes all the truth of a particular circumstance.
Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work.
What was “the work” referred to here? And would everyone on the mission team perceive “the work” through the same lense?
Have you ever recognized how the Bible often combines things that we usually separate? Like: “Full of grace and truth” “Speaking the truth in love….” “Showing mercy…hating even the garment polluted…’ We tend to polarize on one end or the other. For instance:
The mercy motivated/gifted person, senses the hurts and brokenness of others and feels compelled to support them, most importantly helping them to feel loved and accepted.
The prophetically motivated/gifted person, senses the sinful thought patterns and untruths that have locked a person into a sinful lifestyle, and desires to help them walk in victory.
We will often see people with these two very different giftings in conflict over how to appropriately deal with a particular person or how to handle a particular ministry situation. Both perspectives are true and needed. But they need to work with a humble appreciation of one another. This is why we need every member in the body engaged in ministry.
I think Paul and Barnabas had conflict because their primary giftings and callings were a bit different – a difference most radically seen when relating to the peculiar needs manifested in John Mark’s life.