Thursday

Scripture Reading:
Acts 4:36-37; 9:26-30; 11:19-26

“When he [Barnabas] came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord. For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith ”(Acts 11:23-24a)
barnabas’ service in jerusalem and his trip to antioch

After fleeing the city of Damascus, Paul went to Jerusalem. When he sought out the disciples, they were afraid and suspicious of his conversion. Then, Barnabas took him to the apostles and told them of Paul’s encounter with the Lord on the road, and that he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus (Acts 9:26-27). However, Paul sought out the Jews to dispute with them, and again they wanted to kill him (v. 29). With his life at risk, the brothers decided to send Paul back to Tarsus (v. 30), where he remained for a while until Barnabas came for him (11:25-26).

Barnabas was a deacon of the church in Jerusalem who received the Lord early in the church life in that city. Acts 4 contains the record of an offering made by him (vv. 36-37), which indicates his desire to cooperate by sharing the material resources the Lord had given him. In another passage, the Bible tells us that Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith (11:24).

When the Lord’s Word came to Antioch, the saints in Jerusalem decided to send Barnabas there (Acts 11:22). When he saw the grace of God there, he rejoiced and encouraged the saints to remain in the Lord with purpose of heart (v. 23). After that, his service was once again manifested when he remembered Paul, and brought him from Tarsus to Antioch (v. 25).

Here we can see that Barnabas’ service had the special characteristic of helping others awaken their own function. Moreover, in no passage does the Scripture tell us that he was after a work for himself. He introduced Paul to the fellowship of the apostles in Jerusalem, and later on brought him from Tarsus to Antioch, that he might live a normal church life in a prayerful atmosphere. Praise the Lord!

Key Point:
A spiritual atmosphere with much prayer.
Question:
Which characteristics can you see in the service of Barnabas?