As the early church began to grow in numbers, comprised mostly of Jewish followers of Jesus, the apostles and elders in Jerusalem sent out Barnabas to visit the new believers in Antioch. He was a righteous man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. His name in Hebrew “Bar” (son) and “Nabas” (encouragement) means “Son of Encouragement”. It was a fitting name for this man who encouraged others everywhere he went.
Are you the type of person who is an encourager to others?
Too many people focus only on what’s wrong with others around them instead of what’s right. Granted, there is a time and place for loving correction, but in the majority of cases most people need to be encouraged, rather than be discouraged. They don’t need to have their faults and inconsistencies pointed out to them. My own biological father was very critical of me and for many years I suffered from low self-esteem and many insecurities as a result. Today I can say, I am much more confident and secure of who I am in Christ: A child of God who is loved, forgiven and never rejected by my Heavenly Father.
Pray and ask the Lord to help you overcome any critical tendencies in your personality. Ask Jesus to help you to become a “son” or “daughter” of encouragement to others.
- Pastor Luis Yosefus