Thursday, July 22, 2010

Who are you Barnabas to?
Barnabas real name was Joseph-means “May God Increase”
We see in Acts 4:36-37 He was renamed Barnabas-means Son of Encouragement
36-37Joseph, called by the apostles "Barnabas" (which means "Son of Comfort"), a Levite born in Cyprus, sold a field that he owned, brought the money, and made an offering of it to the apostles.
We see from the first time Barnabas is mentioned in Acts that he cared for others
-Sold Land and Donated Profits to the church
Barnabas was courageous, influential and responsible
Responsible- Acts 11:22-24, 30
22-24When the church in Jerusalem got wind of this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to check on things. As soon as he arrived, he saw that God was behind and in it all. He threw himself in with them, got behind them, urging them to stay with it the rest of their lives. He was a good man that way, enthusiastic and confident in the Holy Spirit's ways. The community grew large and strong in the Master.
God and the Apostles trusted Barnabas enough to send him on the important mission of regrouping the church that had been scattered.
30 They sent Barnabas and Saul to deliver the collection to the leaders in Jerusalem.
Someone predicted a famine and the church decided to start storing money and gifts for those who would be affected. Barnabas was trusted with their gifts and possessions to deliver to the people of Judea.

Courageous/Influential - Acts 9:26-28/Acts 11:25-27
26When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
Barnabas was willing to stand up for God and God’s people in spite of what the outcome could be. And because Barnabas did as God said he was influential with the other disciples.
Barnabas chose to love Saul who became Paul despite what the world said, despite Paul’s past. Barnabas became a support for Paul, he was accountability for Paul.
Barnabas pointed people to God. He loved people, brought people to Christ while encouraging and blessing the people. Acts 11:24, 13:7, 13:42,43
Example of my mentors blessing, praying and investing me and the impact it has had.
The question is: Who are you blessing?
Who are you praying with and for?
Who are you investing in?
Take time to find a mentor and to invest in someone else.

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