Barnabas, Son of Encouragement and Consolation

January 26, 2017

Acts 4:36-37

And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, [and] of the country of Cyprus Having land, sold [it], and brought the money, and laid [it] at the apostles’ feet.

Barnabas, Son of Encouragement and Consolation

Barnabas is a rich example of a tremendous man of faith and godliness.  Barnabas is one of those ministries that was not at the forefront and limelight, but he was the backbone of those who were.  God used Barnabas tremendously in helping Paul to gain acceptance as an apostle and come into the ministry and office that God had for him.   Barnabas served as a co-missionary with Paul in the outreach to many of the gentiles.  We see him as a very dignified man of wisdom, generosity and encouragement.  Barnabas was the type of man and ministry that would see the gift of God in others and bring it out of them.  Even when Paul and Barnabas took John Mark with them and he failed the first time; Barnabas didn’t give up on him.  He and Paul had strong words and disagreement later on when Barnabas wanted to take him again.  It was to the point that they went their separate ways, but Barnabas saw the ministry gift that was inside of John Mark and his ministry was to develop it and bring it out.  John Mark goes on to write the gospel of Mark and even Paul later admits that John Mark is of use to him.  

Many of us are not ministers that are seen or acknowledged by position, office or gifts of oration.  Many of us may not be missionaries, pastor, evangelist, teacher, prophets or apostles, but we may be the means by which others may come into the fullness of their ministry and gifting.  Each one of us in the body of Christ is essential for the success and development of others in the body of Christ.  It may come through encouraging words, helps, financial support or mentoring.  There are many ways that we can make a difference even though what we do is not seen or even acknowledged.  

I love Barnabas because he brought out the best in others without seeking attention or recognition for himself.  His office and calling was really much higher than many give him credit for.  Your office and calling may be much higher than you actually realize.  When we allow God to work through us in whatever means He chooses too, we become the instruments and distribution of His blessing.  If we always deny that we are anything and are never willing to give ourselves to whatever it is that God would have us to do, we not only rob ourselves, we rob the body of Christ.  We deny it the talent and gift that God has given us to give.  ‘The greatest in the kingdom of God are the servants of all.’  They are simple people who just offered themselves to God’s service and purpose.  Be careful not to neglect the calling and election that you possess.  God has fashioned you for a purpose and He will reveal it as you seek Him and serve the body of Christ.  People of the lowest stations in life can often be the greatest in the eyes of God.  Don’t let who or what you are prevent you from being and doing what God has created you for.  It is not about us or our strength or ability.  We are simply the emptied glass that God can fill with the water of His life and be given for others to drink.  Fulfill your calling and come into the fullness of what He has for you.  In the process help others to do the same.

Blessings,

#kent

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