I have been reminded for the last several weeks of the need for encouragers. When Rick and I started getting committed to our relationship with the Lord we met a man named Brother Drake. He was an older man who would speak encouragement to everyone. I never heard him speak negative in the many years we knew him. He had something I lacked. He made me want to be an encourager. I totally admired him in the way he lived his life.
I also thought about Miss Katie and how she always had a word of encouragement.
I then reread about Barnabas and how he was rightly called, the Son of Encouragement because he knew how to inspire people toward greatness. Barnabas is a fine example of a man who knew how to give courage, hope and embolden the hearts of those who really needed help. While others were suspicious of Paul, Barnabas staked his own reputation on the quality of the driven super natural commitment. Barnabas knew how to encourage the church leaders to accept Paul as one of their own. The encourager knew how to look beyond the surface to the depth of Paul’s love, determination and faith. Trust the Lord to help you to offer emotional, spiritual and social support for those who need encouraging.
Acts 11 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 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. 24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord
Barnabas’ given name was Joses, or Joseph, but the apostles gave him the name Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement” or “ Son of Exhortation in Acts 4. Can you imagine being so encouraging to others that Christ’s followers would choose a new name to call you to fit that? Being “full of the Holy Spirit” in Acts 11. Barnabas seemed to excel at encouragement and exhortation.
As we witnessed the baptism of 14 precious individuals this Sunday, let us remember that we are to encourage them and pray for them daily to be what God has called each one of these to be for the kingdom of God. We should be encouraging our pastor and our leaders that God’s promises will prevail. We have enough tearing down by the “world”. Let us be examples of encouragement to each other in order to reach our common goal of a church family that puts community as a priority as Christ leads us to reach many more souls.
I really think we will be amazed at what one word of encouragement could mean to someone. One sentence, One word, One card, One text, One email, One letter or One pat on the back. It could mean failure or success to some.
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE AN ENCOURAGER!!!!