That early relationship between Barnabas and Saul was very important to the development and future of Saul’s (Paul’s) ministry. Not only did Barnabas introduce Saul to the leader in Jerusalem, he later looked for Saul at Tarsus to come and work with him at Antioch where the gospel spread and God’s grace was establishing a Gentile church (Acts 11:19-26).
“For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people” (11:26). You can imagine the spiritual growth in the disciples and both men. They experienced unity in working together. This is proven as 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” (13:2).
Their partnership had been under the control and development of the Holy Spirit. Now they could be sent out together by Him and the church at Antioch for new harvest fields.
Are we seeing this happen today? I would not say that it happens often because it is very rare. It is my conviction that it should take place much more than it does. How do we promote this kind of partnership? There is only one way – let the Holy Spirit work in us individually and connect us with a “like-minded” servant. Will you pray right now for this to happen quickly in your life?
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