A Sail To Oblivion….
“….and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus”.
In life, there are some people who come into your life and everything suddenly changes for good. They might not have taught you new sets of skills, they might not have given you a better orientation on how best to do whatever you were doing before they came, but you will just realise that your output, relevance, finances, and total well-being is improving since you started a relationship with that particular individual, family or group of persons.
A common example was the case of Potiphar, the master who bought Joseph from the slave masters when they sold him in Egypt. He testified that things started to work well for him when Joseph came into his life; and that was the reason he kept him in charge of all that he had.
That kind of people who carry such graces are what the Bible declared that we search for as stated below:
“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace”.
When that kind of people leaves your life, they often go with their graces.
Look at Paul and Barnabas for instance.
“Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch…..”
Barnabas started well by marking the perfect one. And from the time he formed an allegiance with Paul, he shared from the graces. They made great progress together evangelising the gospel of Jesus Christ, with signs following.
But at a point in their lives they had a disagreement. Barnabas made a decision which did not go down well with Paul and he refused to renege on his decision even when Paul made him see reasons why that decision should be revised.
Perhaps he said to himself, “I picked him up when no one was ready to associate with him. I brought him into this missionary business and now he wants to dictate for me?”
And with such mindset, he drew the line of separation between them and went ahead sticking to his decision. And he took from there, the sad sail into oblivion!
Barnabas missed it.
Immediately he got separated from Paul, no one heard of him again. He was lost in history.
After Joseph left Potiphar’s house, did you hear of any tangible progress made by Potiphar again? Joseph took his grace to the prison, and from there to Pharaoh’s palace. Every Joseph went the grace went with him.
So you must be sensitive not to grow too big and rebel against those whose graces have been sustaining you. That path only leads to oblivion.
Don’t embark on such a journey. It did not end well for those who have earlier embarked on such journeys.
Ask Barnabas, ask Potiphar, or ask Ahitophel.
I repeat, mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace!
Don’t forget or abandon the source of your grace.
I hope to see you succeed!
A & B Coach
IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.
He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.
Among his published works are ‘What is Left of What is Right?’, ‘The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader’ and ‘Warri No Dey Carry Last’.
He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.