Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Check out this Scripture:
“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles feet.” Acts 4:36,37
Son of Encouragement.
Wow, this guy sure had A LOT of nicknames…
I would add to the list this one: Giver.
I really dig Barnabas. I love reading about him. He is one of my favorite characters in the New Testament. Throughout the Book of Acts we find multiple examples of Barnabas’ giving and encouraging spirit.
Barnabas is the reason a radical named Saul got his start. We know him now as Paul the Apostle, but I often wonder if Saul would have ever became Paul if it wasn’t for Barnabas and the interest that he took in the “long-shot” with the dicey reputation.
Barnabas was always about others. We see this most clearly in Acts 4:36,37 when he sold his field and gave the proceeds to the apostles to be used for the needs of a growing faith community.
Barnabas went ALL IN. In contrast, the next chapter of the Book of Acts tells us about Ananias and Sapphira who knowingly withheld from the sale of a piece of property. Now, to be fair, I don’t think the main point of these stories is about money.
It’s about HEART.
One had an ALL IN heart and the others did not. Again, it wasn’t about the money. Verse 4 affirms this when Peter said to them: “Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal?” In other words, they didn’t HAVE to give it. They could have rightfully kept it, but they chose to lie about – making it a matter of the heart.