FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
“They sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.”
Acts 11:22-24 (ESV)
ENCOURAGE OTHERS WITH YOUR LIFESTYLE
Jean Nidetch, a 214 pound homemaker desperate to lose weight, went to the New York City Department of Health, where she was given a diet devised by Dr. Norman Jolliffe. Two months later, discouraged about the 50 plus pounds still to go, she invited six overweight friends home to share the diet and talk about how to stay on it. Today, years later, one million members attend 250,000 Weight Watchers meetings in 24 countries every week. Why was Nidetch able to help people take control of their lives? To answer that, she tells a story. When she was a teen-ager, she used to cross a park where she saw mothers gossiping while the toddlers sat on their swings, with no one to push them. “I’d give them a push,” says Nidetch. “And you know what happens when you push a kid on a swing? Pretty soon he’s pumping, doing it himself. That’s what my role in life is–I’m there to give others a push.” Irene Sax in Newsday.
God’s plan is that the way we live gives others a push they need in life. Acts 11:23 teaches us that Barnabas was a good man. Everyone who came in contact probably would say he was a good guy. But he wasn’t just a good guy. He was a good guy because he was full of the Holy Spirit and full of faith.
There is a difference between just being a good person and being a person full of God. Many of you may have considered yourself a good person before you met Christ. But once you met Christ something changed on the inside of you. When Christ lives inside of us people should notice a difference. They may not even know what it is but they know you’re different. Are you a good man or woman full of the Holy Spirit? Can others tell the difference?