March 11th, 2013 | By admin
by Katt Anderson
Everyone likes encouragement. Everyone likes to be praised. The one person that comes to mind is Barnabas in the New Testament.
The first we hear of Barnabas is Acts 4:36 “And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus.” His name meant, “Son of Encouragement.” What a beautiful way to be described. He was apparently someone who encouraged others in their lives and in their salvation.
Barnabas was trustworthy and not afraid of what others would say. After Paul was converted to Christ, everyone was afraid Paul was still going to prosecute them for being a Christian. Barnabas was not afraid. He trusted Paul and even brought him to Jerusalem to the apostles, Acts 9:27. ” But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.”
Barnabas trusted Paul. He was not afraid he would put him in jail. By his trust, he and Paul became very good friends. By showing his trust to the apostles, he helped Paul to be accepted by the Christians.
Paul did not have a very good reputation with the Christians. He had had many Christians killed because he was a very religious Jew. When he realized Christ died for him, he made a complete change in his life. Christians did not trust Paul, thinking this was a way to learn more about them and prosecute them.
Barnabas was also a giving man. He sold his property and gave it to the Christians in Jerusalem. If he was going to preach Jesus, he had no use of property because he would be traveling. Some so called Christians tried to imitate him, but they lied about their money. Barnabas gave everything he had to help others. Acts 4:36 and 37, “And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, 37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.” We see how generous he was.
In the next chapter, Acts 5, we read of Ananias and Sapphira tried to imitate him by selling their land. The only thing they did was lie about the money. They said they were giving all of their money, but they held some back. This sin caused them their life.
Barnabas was a wonderful teacher. He made srveral missionary journeys with Paul. The book of Acts in the New Testament is filled with his works with Paul.
Most of all Barnabas had faith. He had faith in God. He knew what he was doing was right. He spent his life teaching others about Jesus Christ. I pray we all have a Barnabas faith and encourage others daily.