Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Saturday, April 29, 2017

A Good Example

He was a good man.
ACTS 11:24

Barnabas is one of those minor characters in Scripture who are almost totally eclipsed by their relationship to a greater figure. He was a faithful fellow labourer with the apostle Paul. That is how he is known and also why he is sometimes forgotten. The figure of Paul is so captivating that we tend to forget everyone else when we see him. Yet the passages which relate to Barnabas set before us a true son of consolation, a character worthy of imitation.

The first mention of him in the Bible (Acts 4:36-37) refers to his generosity in financial giving. Unlike Ananias and Sapphira, he gave all to the Lord, revealing something of the devotion he had to Christ and His cause. Someone has said that it is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving. Barnabass devotion held nothing back. The second reference in Scripture portrays him as one gentle in friendship (9:27). Saul of Tarsus, the persecutor, had been converted, but the church could not forget his past and treated him with coldness and suspicion. Barnabas supported him, encouraged him, and introduced him into the communion of the church. How important it is to be of help to those newly come to the faith!

The final passage relating to him in Acts (15:37) underscores his graciousness towards failures. John Mark had gone home once while on a missionary tour, but Barnabas was willing to give him another chance. How like the Lords treatment of erring Peter, who, having denied Christ with oaths and curses (and that before the ungodly), was restored and subsequently fulfilled a powerful ministry as an apostle and elder.

Let us be generous, gentle, and graciousthat is the message of Barnabass life.

We can do more good by being good than in any other way.
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