THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
“So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people.”
Acts 11:25-26 (ESV)
ENCOURAGE WITH YOUR ACTIONS
An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessings to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: “Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent–the service is free.” The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, “What hymn would you like to hear?” Within a few months her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people. Many of them freely poured out their hearts to her, and she was able to help and encourage them. (Source Unknown.)
Although many of us may not appreciate a good hymn anymore, most of us appreciate the time effort of someone who actually puts actions behind their words of encouragement. In Acts 11, Barnabas spent an entire year hosting the Apostle Paul so he could minister to others. Barnabas could have easily said, “I’ll be praying for you.” But he went the extra mile to actually do something tangible to help Paul.
We have talked recently about the inconvenience of loving on others at times. Jesus often changed His schedule to minister to people. And Barnabas followed the example of Jesus and was willing to change plans when he felt led to minister to someone else. Many of you started coming to Northstar because someone encouraged you with their actions out in the community. When was the last time you chose to be inconvenienced or changed plans to encourage someone else?