Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
“This week’s Hello Friends comes to you while John & Denise are leading a tour of the Footsteps of Paul throughout Greece, Rome and Ephesus. Be praying for them as they travel, teach, film and prepare for our Fall teaching series & small groups.”
Barnabas. What a guy.
The Book of Acts would have been much smaller without him. During this season I want to highlight in my weekly correspondence this unsung hero of the New Testament. Acts 11 has Barnabas’ fingerprints all over it. Read about him in verses 22-26.
22 News reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
25 Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.
Two keys phrases jump out to me in these verses:
1. “Saw the evidence of the grace of God…” (vs. 23)
2. “Went to Tarsus to look for Saul…” (vs. 25)
Barnabas was a looker.
By this I don’t mean he was attractive. Of course, I really don’t know if was UNattractive. Ah, I digress.
When I think of Barnabas as “a looker” I mean he was an INITIATOR. He had an eye for good things. He SAW the evidence of God’s grace in Antioch. He LOOKED for Saul in Tarsus in order to bring him to Antioch. Both Paul and Barnabas spent a year in this city, sharing the Gospel and growing the church. It was here that they first began to call followers of Jesus “Christians.” There he goes initiating again!
Are you a looker?
What good things are you initiating?