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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Make a Difference

One of my favorite characters in scripture is Barnabas.  He doesn’t get all the attention that Paul gets in Acts, but without him, Paul wouldn’t be Paul. We see their friendship start today in Acts 11:

25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians.’

Paul had one of those dramatic conversion experiences. When he got saved, he got saved.  He went from being someone out to get the church; someone trying to destroy the church, to someone that was trying to grow the church.

He went from someone that was trying to stop the working of the Holy Spirit to someone that was a being led by the spirit.

And that’s awesome. Except that people didn’t know what to think. People didn’t know if they could trust him.  Not long before, he had been involved with the murder of Stephen. And now he’s on our side?

And in comes Barnabas.  You know what he did that was so awesome?  He simply loved on Paul.  He was his friend.  He encouraged him.  He walked beside him.  He was there for him.

He made a difference.

By being a friend.

Today, you can make a huge difference.  You don’t have to climb the mountain.  You don’t have to swim the ocean.  You don’t have to perform feats of unusual strength.

You can simply be nice to someone. Encourage someone.  Give a smile.  A hug.  A warm word.

And you may never know the difference that would make.  Today, you can be a Barnabas to someone.

Without Barnabas, there was no Paul. Without Paul, there is no Gentile Church. Without Paul, the Gospel would not have spread across the world.

Barnabas made a huge difference simply be encouraging someone.

Today, so you can you. Today, you can make a difference.

Today, you can change the world by touching someone’s life!