Early in the development of the Church, God brought to the surface persons with qualities that were needed as the Church grew and faced many challenges.
One of these persons was “Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement [comfort or consolation]” (Acts 4:36). He understood the purpose of the Church and the need to encourage in practical ways. He no doubt saw needs in the Church and “sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet” (4:37).
It seems that Barnabas goes out of sight according to Luke’s record in Acts, until Saul comes on the scene. He was needed to encourage this new disciple because many in Jerusalem were not willing to accept that he was truly converted. Since Barnabas had firsthand knowledge of what happened at Saul’s conversion, he acts as a comforter to both Saul and believers in Jerusalem to bring them together.
It is no surprise that the Holy Spirit selects Barnabas as Saul’s companion for their first missionary journey. “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them”” (Acts 13:2). That was about nine years after their first meeting, showing God’s confidence in the two working as a team.
What qualities do you have that look like a Barnabas? Do you have a Barnabas in your life? Your gift may not be exactly like Barnabas, but the Church everywhere needs this quality in people.
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