36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.
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.
Points to Ponder
Barnabas’ real name was Joseph. Yet, I believe he was called Barnabas because he is a cheerleader of the people around him. With the love of Christ and word of wisdom, he encouraged many people God put around him. Not only did he encourage people with his words, but also with his giving. He gave up everything and shared it with the poor. Isn’t it the definition of godliness?
Barnabas was encouraging and generous. He’s also a good man filled with Spirit. It’s a blessing of a church to have a brother like Barnabas. But instead of looking for one, be one. Encourage the people around you. Be generous, be kind and be a witness.