This week’s readings are based on the Unsung Heroes sermon series. This season, we are looking at some of the lesser-known heroes of the faith, seeing the big impact they had, and understanding how we can learn from their example. Slow down, read the text, and then let it read you.
My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)
This is a short verse, but it tells us a lot. Paul is writing this letter from prison to the Colossians. Paul says if Mark comes to your town “welcome him.” This is a big deal that Paul is saying this because, as we saw in Acts 15:36-41, Paul was so mad at Mark that he no longer wanted to work with him, and now he is telling another town to welcome him! This means that Paul has forgiven Mark of his mistakes. Telling another town to welcome him in this culture was a big deal. For us today, this is like us giving someone a recommendation for a job. It means we are backing them up. That is what Paul is doing here. Paul is backing up Mark!
Paul is writing this from prison! Take that in for a second. Do you think you would be able to forgive someone if you were in circumstances like that? By doing this, how is Paul showing us how to treat people who make mistakes?