WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10
“The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch.”
Acts 11:22 ESV
As the Lone Ranger and Tonto were riding along towards the north, they spotted a war party of about 50 Apaches coming at them. They turned south, but another war party appeared. They turned east and met another party of 100 Braves. They turned west as their last remaining hope and saw a party of 500. The Lone Ranger turned to his friend and said, “Well, faithful friend, this is the end, there’s not much we can do.” Tonto looked back at the Lone Ranger and said, “What you mean WE, white man?”
When we live like Lone Rangers there are moments of weakness when we could really use a friend. God was doing great things in the church in Antioch but they still needed encouragement. So the church sent Barnabas. The name Barnabas literally means “son of an encourager.”
Who is a “Barnabas” in your life? If you don’t have any, ask God to send you one or ask Him to help you recognize who He has already sent. Would those who know you best consider you a “Barnabas?” Ask God to show you someone who could use some encouragement today.
“So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:5-8)