Worldly disasters. Wars. Violence. Findin' jobs. Sometimes life can be more discouragin' than encouragin'. We need some words of encouragement!
Someone in tha Bible who is known for bein' an encourager is Barnabas, Son of Encouragement.
Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
And Joses (Joseph), who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet. Acts 4:34-37
Barnabas sold his land n' gave tha' money ta' meet tha' needs of others. He was an encourager ta' believers at a time when they needed one after Jesus’ death n' resurrection. Barnabas kept remindin' 'em of their relationship with God, how great He is, and all that He has done.
He risked his life for believers by befriendin' Saul, a hater of believers. Barnabas did it to bring believers together.
Barnabas was someone who could be trusted.
He recognized n' encouraged tha potential in others – he saw Paul’s gifts on their missionary journey’s tagether n' steps back for Paul to take on the leadership.
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. Acts 11:24
Barnabas lived n' walked with God every day. He leaned on Him. He was full of faith. Wow! A great example for us today!
Ta Be An Encourager:
1. Be a gracious giver – time, talent, money
2. Give tha gift of friendship 'n an enouragin' word – there is someone who needs a friend today
3. Share God’s love n' grace with others
4. Lift up, build up tha spirit of others – recognize their gifts
“Need encouragement? With so much unrest in the world today, Jesus is the greatest friend and encourager you’ll ever know.” – Janet Harllee