27 “But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared
to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him,
and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.”
– Acts 9:27, RSVCE | NJB
If there was one thing Barnabas was known for, it was his encouragement. He always had a kind word to say about everyone. He was quick to be a cheerleader to those around him.
He could expertly soothe ruffled feathers while still proclaiming truth. He never despised a small beginning—he could worship as easily with the new Christians as he could the mature believers.
When Barnabas heard that other Christians were afraid of Paul (then called Saul) for his past, he stood up for the new apostle. He took Paul under his wing and invited him into fellowship, even though no one else wanted him around.
Look around your own circles. Is there someone on the edge who could use an encourager to stand up for them? Maybe there’s a woman in your business group who needs you to vouch for her. Perhaps there’s a new attendee at your church who could use an encouraging mentor. Don’t be afraid to reach out and love on those around you!
God, I want to be like Barnabas.
Give me wisdom to spot those who need an encourager.
Put Your words in my mouth that I would always speak
light and life over others.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.