News of this (that many Greeks in Antioch were converting to Christianity) reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. (Acts 11:22-26)
Previously, Barnabus sold his property and gave the proceeds to the apostles to distribute as they saw fit. He also intervened for Paul in Jerusalem because the Christians were afraid he would persecute them. We learn from this Scripture that Barnabus was glad, an encourager, a good man, full of the Holy Spirit, full of faith, followed God’s will, and was a wonderful teacher. Because Barnabus was a great encourager, the disciples had changed his name from Joseph to Barnabus which means encourager.
What if we were always full of joy and the power of the Holy Spirit and strived to encourage those around us? Could we make a difference in others’ lives as Barnabas made in Paul’s life? If it hadn’t been for Barnabus’ encouragement, Paul might not have written most of the New Testament. If it hadn’t been for a professor at Milligan College who encouraged me to be a writer, you might not be reading my blog.
Father, I praise you for the example of Barnabus. Thank you for giving me the power of the Holy Spirit today. Remind me to always praise the gifts of my family, friends, coworkers, and those who help me. Help me not to complain and be happy so others want to be with me. Nudge me to teach and encourage the young people in my life knowing my uplifting words could change their lives. In Jesus name, I pray, amen.