As I was thinking about what God wanted me to write in this blog, my mind went back a few years ago to a retreat where our team met for a couple days and asked the Lord, “what should be our main focus in prayer for the coming year?” We determined that we should pray for “Timothys.”
This made me think of the steps that come before we have a faithful “Timothy.” We need “Pauls” that are looking for and developing Timothys. There was another man we cannot forget who came before Paul (Saul); Barnabas. As his name implies, Barnabas was a “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36). When a new convert named Saul came on the scene, the leaders in Jerusalem “were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple” (9:26) based on Saul’s history.
What Saul needed was a man like Barnabas to encourage him and at the same time be respected by the Jerusalem leaders (11:22-24), and speak on behalf of Saul because. Barnabas personally knew what happened at Saul’s conversion (9:27). This was key to what God was going to do.
The character of Barnabas is rare in our day, but greatly needed. If we are going to rapidly multiply the work of God, there must be godly men who promote God’s work in potential “Pauls” so they can find and produce “Timothys.”
Stay with me on this subject tomorrow.
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