“Get Mark and bring him with you,
because he is helpful to me in my ministry.”
2 Timothy 4:11 (NIV)
The man referred to as Mark (aka. John Mark) in our verse today had a most interesting journey through life. His home was a house of prayer (Acts 12:12) and he was likely born into a family of some financial means and influence. The great missionary Barnabas was his cousin (Colossians 4:10).
Mark had grown up in Jerusalem and so enjoyed the usual social and religious benefits of a thriving city life.
When Barnabas and Paul returned to Antioch from a visit to Jerusalem they took along Mark who was undoubtedly excited to be with two such wonderful men of God. Then came Mark’s crowning moment when he was invited to go along with Barnabas and Paul on the first great missionary journey (Acts 13:5).