Be a Barnabas

Today, we read in the Bible about one of my favorite people. We read a little bit about Barnabas. Barnabas was a believer in Jerusalem and he had one of the greatest gifts anyone could have.

He had the one of the gifts that every family, every church needs to have.

He was an encourager. He believed in others. He didn’t just see folks mistakes, he saw what, through God, they could be.

Listen today to what he did in Acts 9:26-27:

And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.

Quote-of-the-Week-EncouragementWhat he did was huge. He believed in Paul. Paul had just received been saved. He had gone from persecuting the church and trying to destroy it, to now being a believer and trying to preach about the grace of God.

And people were very, very hesitant to believe him. Why? Because literally a few days before he was trying to kill and imprison Christians. He literally was their sworn enemy, sent by the leaders of Jerusalem to destroy them.

And now, he’s one of them? Yeah, right. No way.

No one believed him.

Except Barnabas. Barnabas believe in him. Barnabas encouraged him. Barnabas saw Paul not for what he was, but for what he could be.

Today, remember that God sees you for what you could be. Not for your mistakes, but for your potential. You can do amazing things for God today.

And second, believe in someone today. Don’t see them just for what they’ve done wrong or their failures or their mistakes.

Believe in them. Be an encouragement.

In this, you can change their life. It’s a small thing. But it has a huge impact.

Barnabas did it for Paul. And look what happened. Today, you can be that for someone else!

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