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Be a Barnabas Outline

I recently shared a devotional on being one who provides encouragement to others. Here’s the outline for reference / resource. To download this, follow the link below.

Be a Barnabas

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24-25 [NLT]

The apostles sent Barnabas to Antioch — “When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.” – Acts 11:23-24 [NIV]

Acts 4:36-37 – Barnabas sold land to provide for fellow Christians

Acts 9:26-28 – Barnabas (“Son of Encouragement”) took a chance on Paul. Others weren’t accepting him in Jerusalem because they didn’t believe he was a disciple but Barnabas spoke up for him.

Barnabas provided encouragement to John Mark. There was a disagreement between Paul and Barnabas over John Mark. Barnabas didn’t give up on John Mark and Paul later requested John Mark because he was “profitable to the ministry” (2 Timothy 4).

  • ENCOURAGE – help them develop to who they are meant to be in Christ, give support, give confidence
    • Put yourself aside and help others get ahead [Philippians 2:3-4]
    • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29 [MSG] SPEAK LIFE
  • EQUIP – Give them tools needed, supply someone something, prepare someone, be an example.
  • EMPOWER – Create opportunities for them to serve others, give authority – don’t always say yes to something because you think no one will step up. You end up filling up what God designed someone else to fill and spreading yourself too thing.
  • EMBRACE – Love them, care for them, pray for them, accept, support, hold closely
    • Loving God includes loving people (1 John 4:20-21)
    • Paul told Timothy – 1st thing PRAY every way you know how for everyone you know – 1 Timothy 2:1-3
    • “Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do…. Treat them gently.” – Romans 14:1 [MSG]
    • Strong and able in faith – step in and lend a hand to those who falter à How can I help? “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” – Romans 15:1 [ESV]

William Barclay said, “No man ever saved his soul who devoted his whole time and energy to saving it, but many a man has saved it by being so concerned for others that he forgot that he himself had a soul to save.”

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Darkness Bright as Noon

When the season of fall comes around, we turn the clocks back and it gets dark very early. My dog is afraid of the dark so if I work late it means that he will be in a panic as we take our nightly walk. It can get so dark even at only five o’clock in the evening.

Today we live in a fairly dark world but we are told to shine the light. In Isaiah it gives us a way to shine the light. Feed the hungry. Help people who are in trouble. When we do this, Isaiah wrote that the darkness will be as bright as noon. Noontime is when the sun is the brightest. Are you following me here?

Feed the hungry. Help those in trouble. Have you done that lately? The world is a dark place and we are told to shine the light. It really isn’t a difficult thing to do though we might perceive it to be complicated. In reality, feed one person who is hungry. See what happens. You aren’t told to feed an entire continent on your own. Remember you have Jesus. Remember that you have the Light. Now shine!

“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” – Isaiah 58:10 [NLT]

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Going Beyond

I was blown away last month by an awesome display of Christian service. I serve the Lord and I see so many others serving the Lord. We are told to go above and beyond but we do not see it so often. I know many times I could do and give and say more. I was blessed to see it last month and I must say I was amazed to see how God used a few people.

I needed to have my car inspected. Only having one car and doing everything alone can pose a problem, especially with getting to work. Plus I am not mechanically inclined so I have no idea what all needs to be done for inspection. There was also possible issues that needed resolved for the full inspection to pass. A dear brother and sister in Christ opted to assist with the inspection. I figured I would take the car to him and he would get things ready for inspection and I would take it to the inspection shop. I assumed I would pay him for parts and he would bless me with reduced or free labor. Instead, his wife and I exchanged vehicles. He repaired all that needed repaired. He took it to the inspection shop. They paid for the parts, for the inspection, and even filled up the gas tank before returning my car. A person who could not even afford the regular price for a simple inspection was given special treatment with additional servicing and extra gasoline. What a blessing! I could do nothing much to return to the favor.

This blessing reminded me of Jesus’ saying about doing for others what they couldn’t repay. I prayed for the couple and I continue to pray for them. That is all I can do. I’ve been in their shoes before and I must say it is rewarding. You cannot know how rewarding until you try it yourself. Be warned—the devil will try to deter your open hands. But keep pressing through and you will see how awesome it is to pour out in abundance what God has given to you. Such a great feeling! My car got inspected, but so much more happened. So much more!

“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” – Luke 14:13-14 [NIV]

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Personal Attention

“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24 [NLT]

When I walked into the grocery store, I was unable to move. There was a lady who walked into the entrance and she found a regular sized shopping cart at the doorway. She didn’t want to use the cart; she wanted the smaller shopping cart. She took the large cart said, “This isn’t mine” and pushed it in front of all of us entering from the opposite entrance rather than simply moving it to the side. It was as if to say, “You deal with it” or “it’s not my responsibility.” Remember, the cart wasn’t hers.

We all do this at times. We walk by and see someone who needs help, but we do not see it as our responsibility. A co-worker drops the report on the floor but it’s not our responsibility to help her get it all picked up—she dropped it we remind ourselves. An elderly man in the parking lot is having problems but we keep going. We see trash on the street but we did not put it there so why should we gather it up and put it in the bin?

Sadly this lack of responsibility has spread around and has become the attitude of many. Today remember that Jesus came here to save us from our own mess. He did not say that it was not His responsibility. He did not pass by those in need. He did not push aside what was right before His eyes because it was not His own making. He reached out. He helped.  He paid attention. He didn’t say, “This isn’t mine.”  He “personally carried our sins.” We each got personal attention.

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