Change of Reputation: Acts 12:25
“25) And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.” Acts‬ ‭12‬:‭25‬ ‭
It is fascinating following names over the course of the next chapter in the book of Acts. Barnabas and Saul return from Jerusalem “when they had fulfilled their mission.” They were both reliable and highly responsible men. They faithfully distributed the money that had been entrusted to them. (See Acts 11:27-30) Christan character is often measured by a persons ability to manage money with no drift toward the Judas syndrome.
When they return to Antioch, they were accompanied by John Mark. He was one of the twelve Apostles who accompanied Jesus during His public ministry. Though not stated in the text, Mark undoubtedly was going to Antioch to ground the Gentile church in the life and teachings of Jesus. According to Colossians 4:10, he was the cousin of Barnabas. It may have been during his stay in Antioch that the gospel of Mark was recorded. It was widely circulated among the Romans.
Notice also that Acts 12:25 talks about “Barnabas and Saul.” By the middle of Acts 13, the name “Saul” is permanently changed to “Paul.” (Vs 9) Also the order of their names are changed to “Paul and Barbaras.” (Vs 42, 46) Paul was gaining in prominence. He becomes the central figure in the book of Acts moving forward. (More about the meaning of the name “Paul” as we get into the next chapter.)
As you grow as a Christian, your reputation should change. With years of walking with Jesus, your name should evoke different a response from people. Over time, you should no longer be known as the person you formerly were before coming to Jesus. In a sense, every Christian should have a Saul to Paul metamorphosis. This change becomes part of your testimony.
Stop and ask yourself; “Is my reputation changing?” If it is not, you have reason to be concerned. Your relationship with Jesus should affect the way other people see and perceive you!
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global