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Barnabas Brought Him

Barnabas Brought Him

02 February 2009

Barnabas Brought Him
Acts 9:26-28
Jim Stephens
02-02-09

Scripture:

26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer! 27 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. 28 So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. (Acts 9:26-28 NLT)

Observation:

In my reading yesterday from Acts 8, Philip was doing miracles and teleporting from one place to another. Today from Acts 9, Peter was healing people and raising the dead. Amazing and powerful! But two other guys, Ananias and Barnabas were opening doors and giving second chances.

Saul’s track record was bad – he had been passionately anti-Christian. He experienced a dramatic transformation in an encounter with the living Christ, but he was feared and excluded until someone took a chance and brought him in.

Application:

Not everyone gets to do the really dramatic stuff. But there have to be encouragers and door-openers and second-chance-givers or the dramatic-stuff-doers will never even get on the playing field. You know what I mean?

Prayer:

Father, Barnabas is a good role model for me. I feel called to encourage, to look for the best in people, and to bring people together for good. Help me to be Spirit-guided and Spirit-empowered in this ministry of encouragement. Amen.

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