WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy,
and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.
Acts 11:22-23 (NLT)
A THRIVING CHURCH BENEFITS FROM PERSONAL ENCOURAGEMENT
A mother watched her son begin to drain of energy. He’d lost his desire to get out of bed. She heard the alarm go off through his bedroom door. Apparently, he just kept punching the little snooze button on the top. Finally, after 3 or 4 extra rings she walked in and said, “Son, it’s time to get up.” He peeked out from under the covers, “Can you give me a good reason to get up?” She said, “Yes. First, it’s Sunday – time for church. Second, you’re 43 years old and you know better. Third, you’re the pastor and they expect you to be there.” (Source Unknown).
When Barnabas arrived in Antioch, he knew they needed encouragement. Barnabas could see that these new believers needed to grow in their faith. Barnabas knew it’s one thing to make a profession of faith, but it’s another thing to persevere and grow in holiness when temptations and trials hit. Barnabas lived up to the meaning of his name, “Son of Encouragement.”
The ministry of encouragement is the responsibility of every believer. Some are better at it than others, but we are all called to encourage one another daily. Hebrews 3:13 teaches, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Thank God for the encouragers in your life. Ask God to show you who you can encourage today.