letting them go

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letting them go

Acts 13:1-3 (JDV)

Acts 13:1 Now in the congregation at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Acts 13:2 As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Sacred Breath said, “Set apart to me Barnabas and Saul into the work which I have called them for.”
Acts 13:3 Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they let them go.

letting them go

The new congregation at Antioch was bustling with activity, and God had gifted them with five powerful prophets and teachers. They knew the Lord was at work in these people’s lives and they really appreciated them, and wanted to enjoy their company, and benefit from their gifts. But they also wanted to walk according to God’s plan. So, they fasted, praying for the Sacred Breath to reveal that plan.

It must have been scary and disappointing for them to learn that two of these ministers were to be set apart for missions work. But when you learn what God is planning, there is only one choice. You have to bless those who are called to preach beyond, and let them go.

Lord, show us your plan, and give us the courage to let go those you are sending elsewhere.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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