For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement) -Acts 4:36b (NLT)
Acts 4: 32-37; 9:26-28 & 11:22-26
How does it feel to get an award or to be rewarded for something you have done well?
How does it feel to be recognized for every effort you put into doing the right thing?
How will you feel if every day, everybody around you said good things to you?
Today, we live in a world where everybody tends to be harsh; finances are hard, everybody seems so stressed up and they unconsciously look for somebody to vent their anger on. Bosses yell at us, friends remind us of our weaknesses, the clothe boutiques remind us that we are short on cash, and so on. We have become so self-consumed that we fail to see the pain, disappointments, lack and hopelessness around us.
Barnabas’ name means “Son of Encouragement” (one who makes it his duty to encourage others). He encouraged the Apostles, the Believers and especially Paul. Although he did not get any credit for all he did, he stood by Paul when he needed him. Perhaps Paul couldn’t have been as effective as he was but for Barnabas encouraging him; he stuck his neck out for Paul when nobody would identify with him.
Barnabas’ encouragement always drew people closer to God. He represents those who will pause to look out for others, who will look away from their petty needs and lend a helping hand to another… such people will be a reflection of who Jesus is to a world that desperately needs the God-kind of love.
Will you be a Barnabas? Will you be a voice that uplifts; that sings a different song? Will you be the one that tells people how God feels about them? Will you commit to give hope to those around you in this harsh world?
May your words FEED many with hope this FRIDAY, in Jesus name!
Isaiah 50:4, Proverbs 12:25 & Ephesians 4:29.
a. May my tongue be a healing balm. May it promote health and lift up broken spirits, in Jesus name.
b. O Lord, heal me of every hurt caused by unkind words. Also, heal those closest to me, who have been hurt by my words.
c. Make me a Barnabas and surround me with Barnabases.