The Abundance conference I attended back in February was hosted by Lisa Harper. She is a hilarious speaker, and the most doting mother to an adorable daughter she adopted named Missy. I’ve been going through Lisa’s study on Acts and she is a great writer as well. If you are looking for a meatier study she may be your next go to!
Lisa spoke on the fact that a life with Christ is enough to be considered Abundant. She pointed out that society has taught us an abundant life must mean we have everything together. She also showed us that this is a misconception.
John Mark was a young teen who we hear spurts about in scripture. Acts 12:24-25 tells us that John Mark was brought along with Barnabas and Paul (then still Saul) on missions trips. Acts 15 reveals John Mark was also the reason for Barnabas and Paul arguing and parting ways.
Most theologians and scholars believe that it was he who ran naked away when Jesus was arrested. Mark 14:48-52 ” “Am I leading a rebellion,’ said Jesus, ‘that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I was with you, teaching in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled.’ Then everyone deserted him and fled. A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind.”
So far, not a lot of great news about John Mark. He was young, and it seemed he was looked at as someone who had promise. If there was someone who may have considered himself too far gone to be saved, it might have been John Mark. If there was someone who might have been looked at as not practicing what he preached, it might have been John Mark, and yet in Acts 12 we read that John Mark was already hosting people in his home for church.
Acts 12:12 “ When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.” We learn of John Mark earlier in scripture.
Here’s another something you might not know about John Mark, I certainly didn’t. The book of Mark was the first gospel written, and it was dictated by Peter to John Mark. This child who Paul didn’t trust at one point was later believed enough to record the first teachings of Jesus. Lisa said that it is likely because of Peter and Mark John’s experiences with Jesus that the book of Mark is written from the angle it is. These men knew first hand that ALL THINGS are made new in Christ.
John Mark lived an abundant life for Jesus. He went on other missions trips and grew in his maturity and understanding. His life was not perfect, and he certainly didn’t have it all together, but he still lived a life glorifying God.