The success of Paul and Barnabas also depended on the support and backing, of the entire team of prophets and teachers in Antioch. Indeed, it was this team that the Holy Ghost instructed to separate Barnabas and Saul.
Acts 13:1-2 NKJV
“Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers:…As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Holy Ghost inspired separation.
Nowadays, it would be quite rare to have a leadership team that willingly lets
some of their colleagues go. The Antioch ministers had some unique qualities that enabled them to be spiritual enough to hear and obey God. They loved to minister unto the Lord and they loved to fast.
There are other kinds of separation that are more common.
Self separation occurs when a member of a leadership team claims to hear a voice directing them to separate their own selves.
Sometimes self-separation generates conflict, hurts, and misunderstandings.
Demas was a self-separator.
2 Timothy 4:10 NKJV
“for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.”
Paul was obviously unhappy when Demas separated himself.
Mutual separation occurs when members of a team agree to go their separate ways. This is usually due to policy disagreements or differences in vision. Although there is usually an underlying conflict, “mutual separation” permits team members to separate peacefully.
Abraham and Lot went through a mutual separation.
May you enjoy the benefits of belonging to a loyal and faithful team. May you enjoy good relationships that bring peace, in Jesus’s name.