There were no needy people among [the disciples], because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means "Son of Encouragement"). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles.
— Acts 4:34-37 NLT
How are you known among your friends and your brothers and sisters in Christ? What is your reputation? What would they nickname you if they gave you a name to match your lifestyle and reputation? These are good questions for us to ask ourselves as we remember the story of Barnabas, the "Son of Encouragement." This generous brother not only gave up his property and offered encouragement to others, he also reclaimed Saul (whom we know as Paul) and mentored him in ministry (Acts 9:26-27, 11:25-26). Let's commit to leave an example and legacy of goodness, graciousness, and encouragement for others, like Barnabas.
O Father, I want to be known a person of generous grace. I don't want this reputation so I can be prideful, but because I want to be truly your person, someone who reflects your generosity, grace, goodness, and encouragement. I ask for the Holy Spirit to work in my life and grow your holy fruit in me. I want, O LORD, to reflect your righteous character and gracious compassion faithfully in my life through the power of your Spirit. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Galatians 5:22-23
- Acts 9:23-30, 11:19-30, 13:1-3
About This Devotional
Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.
Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.
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