Every partnership in ministry will go through times of testing. How we go through these reflects the degree of humility and godly character each individual has developed. If either one of these features is weak or lacking, it will become evident when they face some circumstance that puts their relationship to the test.
Barnabas and Saul became the theme of Luke’s account in Acts 13. In this chapter, we see changes taking place. Saul’s name (prayed or asked for) is changed to Paul (small), and is “filled with the Holy Spirit” (13:9) to deliver a powerful message to Elymas at Salamis and then again in Antioch of Pisidia. Paul is now taking a leadership role more than Barnabas; not because he asserted himself, but it was the work of the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of this movement was that “the proconsul believed…the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath…the whole city gathered to hear the Word of the Lord…the Gentiles heard this, began rejoicing and glorifying the Word of the Lord” (13:12, 44, 48).
When there is the absence of jealousy and concern over position in leadership, humility makes way for God to work because we are unified in His purpose, not our agendas.
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