YOU AND I NEED A BARNABAS
Saul had just been converted from being a hater of Christ and His church, to a ‘sold out’ disciple of Jesus. The proof of his conversion was that he “immediately proclaimed Jesus in synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). While some were amazed at the transformation and power with which Saul spoke after his conversion, other Jews who knew him plotted to kill Saul (9:23). Even the church at Jerusalem doubted the genuineness of what took place in this man.
Saul needed someone to stand with him and be an encourager. God had the right man for this assignment in Barnabas (“son of encouragement or conciliation”). He was familiar with what took place in Saul, stood with him when others doubted and vouched for the reality of God’s work.
Later when Saul became Paul, the Holy Spirit sent out these two for another special assignment; to proclaim the gospel to the Gentiles, plant churches and strengthen them, and appoint elders for faithful leadership. The mentoring process is most effective when it includes encouragement.
You and I need a Barnabas! I am so thankful for the persons God has put in my life who strengthen and encourage me. Who is your Barnabas? If you do not have one, ask God to prepare and send one your way. It does not matter how long we have been on the Christian road, we need those who will stand by us in time of discouragement and testing.
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