Posted by: peebles | February 7, 2011

Acts 4:36 (NIV) Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement).

The Bible also says of Barnabas in Acts 11:24 (NIV); He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith. A man who told people about Jesus with a smile, a man who encouraged the church, and those who believed. He was polite, brave, gentle, kind, not moody, nor was he a Christian only once a week, but he had a Christ-like attitude, a winning way with people and loved to encourage those he met.

Where are the Barnabas people of the church today?

I believe we can learn from his way of life, and gleam from it a new perspective on how to be an encourager in the church, furthermore not only within the church but to the lost as well.

If Barnabas was the only Christian, through whom people seen something, of what it means to be a believer in Jesus; what do you think it would have said about being a Christian, a follower of Jesus?

Barnabas believed people are important, just as God does. In fact God is an investor of people, He is people en-powering, He fills us with His Holy Spirit, to be His witnesses. To be Christ-like to encourage people and build them up in the most holy faith.

In the book of Acts it tells of the disciple John ‘Mark,’ whom Barnabas took under his wing and encouraged him. He took a battered and beaten disciple, rejected by the apostle Paul because John ‘Mark’ had deserted him in Pamphylia. He took this young man, and though discipleship and encouragement, built him up again, from being a young boy into a man of God. Furthermore I personally believe we would not have the book of Mark today if he was just left abandon, with feelings of worthlessness and rejection, made to feel as if he could not make it, nor have the strength of character to do so. Until a man like Barnabas lifted him up, encouraged him in the faith, made him believe again in his calling, and for Mark to believe within himself that he could do it, that in God he could make it, that through God he has got what it takes. Many years later we read these words for the lips of the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:11 (NIV) Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.

Mark was the cousin of Barnabas (Colossians 4:10). Family should look after each other, family should stick up for each other, and family should always encourage one another. How much more so within the family of God.

My friend, let us take a leaf out of the life of Barnabas, and learn to encourage one another. There may come a time when we need a little bit of encouragement ourselves, when we need a Barnabas type person to encourage us. Just as we sow into others seeds of encouragement, with words and acts of kindness; so shall we reap them in our time of need. If there is not a Barnabas type character within your church, why not take the lead, and be an encourager in the Lord.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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