How Do You Spell Barnabas?

I hear a lot about certain Bible characters like Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, Peter, James, and many more. However, not too much is discussed about a man named Barnabas. Yet he, like the others, is a true hero of the faith. 

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Heroes have a special ability or talent. Do you want to take a guess on Barnabas’ talent? He was a people-builder. What a ministry…investing in people.

There are not many Scriptures concerning Barnabas, but there are enough to give us a glimpse of the type of person he was.

Acts 4:37 “Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Barnabas was willing to take what he had and invest it into the kingdom of God. I know this verse deals with the monetary, but the principle is one of giving—giving what you have. Isn’t that what God did? He gave His Son.

Acts 11:22-23 “Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.”

Barnabas was basically sent to Antioch to see what was happening. I believe he was sent because he was able to see the good things. He recognized the grace of God at work there.

The church at Antioch was really taking off. Barnabas had the opportunity to be the first mega pastor. But what did he do? He went and searched out Saul. He knew it was going to take a team effort, and he saw the godly gifts in Saul when maybe no one else did. So Barnabas was one who not only recognized what God was doing in the church (or Hobby Lobby) as a whole but also in the lives of individuals. (Acts 9:26-27)  

Traveling through parts of South Carolina area a few weeks ago, I wondered if by chance I would bump into any people like Barnabas. And guess what? I did! There are Barnabas’ all over that district. They are each heroes in their own way, but they are all connected by the passion to invest in the lives of others. The visit was just a reminder once again that this company is made up of people-builders! I know without any hesitation there are people like Barnabas throughout this company, but it was a blessing to sit down and visit with some of them face-to-face.

May God send each of us someone this week to encourage!

God bless!

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