“There’s an interesting story about Barnabas in the eleventh chapter of the Book of Acts,” Stan said one morning.
“That particular story,” he continued, “is only two verses long, but it shows a great deal about the character of Barnabas.”
“How so?” I asked.
“There was a new church in Antioch that was growing quite rapidly. When the elders and leaders of the Jerusalem church heard about it, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to check it out.”
Continuing, Stan said, “And when Barnabas arrived in Antioch and saw what was going on with the church, he set about to encourage and teach the people in the church. However, it seems that there was more to do than Barnabas was capable of doing all by himself.”
“So, what did he do?” I asked.
“It says,” Stan responded, “that Barnabas left Antioch to go find Saul, the one who later became known as Paul.”
“And did he find him?” I asked.
“He did. He found him in Tarsus. And after Barnabas found Saul, the two of them went to Antioch.”
“Then what happened?” I asked.
“It says,” Stan replied, “that they spent an entire year with the church teaching what is referred to as a ‘considerable number.’”
“They probably were able to reach and teach a whole lot more people together than Barnabas could have done on his own,” I responded.
“Yes,” Stan replied, “and the church probably grew a lot faster than it would have if Barnabas had not sought Saul’s help.”
“A valuable lesson,” I said, “in not being afraid to admit my own limitations and to seek help in growing and teaching the body of Christ.”
“Also a great lesson for me,” Stan said. “Too often I think I can go it alone, when the truth is that I cannot, whether I am talking about the help of another believer or the help of God.”
Stan then concluded, “I need to be constantly aware of my limitations as well as the fact God has for me all of the help I need to do what He has for me to do.”
“I just need to ask.”
And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. And it came about that for an entire year they met with the church, and taught considerable numbers. Acts of the Apostles 11:26, 27.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want to use me to help build and strengthen the church. You know my tendency to think I can do on my own things for you that will be a lot better if I simply ask for your help and for the help of fellow believers. Please, Lord, lead me in accord with your will to seek all of the help you have available. Please lead and move me to follow. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.