Acts 13:2 – As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Not all division is bad. When a child is conceived, it is the astronomical number of DIVISIONS over the next nine months that produce the baby, fully formed, united in purpose to live, and each part serving its own correct function without strife against another part. When a seed germinates in the soil, the resulting plant with its fruit arises from untold numbers of DIVISIONS over the coming days that achieves that result. If the body of Christ grows, it is because of a divine DIVISION process that, in truth, creates the necessary multiplication process that brings forth growth in the body of Christ.
In our Text for Today, it was the Lord Who said, “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” What was the Lord doing? He was using divine DIVISION to bring about supernatural positioning and growth that would lead to great multiplication of the body of Christ. Have you noticed a pattern of life in our Manna for Today? Perhaps you’ve heard the expression, “Birds of a feather flock together.” That is precisely what was happening here; Acts 13:1 says, “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers.” I want you to focus for a moment on the fact that it was the “prophets and teachers” who were gathered together in a small group. While there was nothing wrong with that, and I don’t speak against that in any way, where were the apostle, evangelists, and pastors? What I am saying is that it is a part of the human make-up to gather together with and associate with other people of like motivations, interests, and passion. While this can be encouraging, there are times when the Lord must separate us in some way from others like us in order to do with you something new, greater, of more importance, and of broader reach than our present circum-stances grasp.
Their gathering together was not intended to isolate themselves from the body, but if the Lord was to accomplish all He desired through Barnabas and Saul, they needed to be separated from that small group for a different, divine, and definite purpose of the Lord they could not accomplish as a part of the original group. I am not suggesting that you need to be separated from your present position or function in the body of Christ. What I AM SUGGESTING to you is that we be prepared for those times, places, and points of achievement in which the Lord may move us, or those close to us, from our places of com-fort and potential ease into arenas of ministry that will, at the very least, be greatly challenging to us. Simply said, be prepared to obey what the Lord says at those times. It may seem like a DIVISION, but it is, in reality, the onset of MULTIPLICATION. Enjoy the growth.
Manna for Today – Acts 13:1-12; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:14-22